SINGAPORE – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has described Margaret Thatcher as one of Britain's "great leaders" and said he was saddened to learn of her passing.
In a condolence letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron, Mr Lee said Mrs Thatcher had as Prime Minister vigorously championed liberalisation and enacted many market-based reforms that accelerated Britain's development.
Mrs Thatcher led Britain through defining periods in its history including the Falklands War and the end of the Cold War. She had also reshaped Britain's relationships abroad, especially with the United States.
Mr Lee said Mrs Thatcher was a friend of Singapore's and helped to strengthen ties between the two countries during her time in office.
Mr Lee added that Mrs Thatcher's determination to make Britain a stronger nation despite the political odds is an inspiration to global leaders.
In concluding the letter, Mr Lee said Mrs Thatcher will long be remembered as an outstanding leader and will be greatly missed.
Separately, the British High Commission in Singapore will open a condolence book for members of the public who wish to sign it.
The high commission's office at 100 Tanglin Road will be opened from 2pm to 5pm on Tuesday, and 10am to 5pm on 10 and 11 April. - CNA/ck
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