SINGAPORE: Singapore regrets the visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Yasukuni war shrine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Sunday.
In response to media queries, a Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman said Singapore's consistent position has been that such visits reopen old grievances, and are unhelpful to building trust and confidence in the region.
The MFA spokesman added that tensions in the region have been rising due to the recent series of events, actions and counter-actions, taken by a number of different parties.
And Thursday's visit to the Yasukuni shrine, occurring against this backdrop and at this time, is likely to evoke further negative feelings and reactions in the region.
The MFA spokesman stressed that it is in the interest of all parties to exercise restraint, avoid actions that might further raise tensions, and seek to create an environment of greater mutual trust and understanding.
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