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18 November 2017 - 1 Kislev 5778 - א' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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ISRAEL’S PRIME MINISTER MAKES FIRST OFFICIAL VISIT TO SINGAPORE E-mail

On 20 February, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara were warmly greeted by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife at the Istana, the official residence of the President of Singapore.

Prime Minister Netanyahu inspected an honour guard and signed the official guestbook, and the two national anthems were played. The visit to Singapore was the first ever by an Israeli prime minister since Singapore was founded 51 years ago, and since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1969.

The trip was a reciprocal visit, as Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made an historic first official visit to Israel in April 2016. “Thank you for the very warm welcome. I have to say that this is my first time in Singapore. I’m following in your footsteps. You visited Israel for the first time, an historic visit. And as we landed here, I was absolutely amazed, tremendously impressed. As much as you hear about Singapore’s success, to see it physically is quite startling and it tells you the power of people, the power of ideas, the power of the potential or rather of talent unleashed,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Prime Minister Lee attended a special dinner organised in honour of Netanyahu’s visit. During the event, an orchid was named after the Netanyahu's.

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