Posts Tagged ‘Lee Kuan Yew’

Mar 22

Hillary and I mourn the passing of Lee Kuan Yew.  Prime Minister Lee transformed Singapore into one of the world¹s strongest and most sustainable economies.  He also firmly established his country as an important friend and partner of the United States.  After leaving office, he continued to offer brilliant analysis and wise advice to those who sought it.  We will always be grateful for our fascinating conversations with him over the years.  Our thoughts are with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his entire family, and all the people of Singapore.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
October 26, 2009

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good afternoon, everyone. I’m delighted to welcome the minister mentor here today. He is no stranger to our country. Singapore is a long and valued partner on so many important issues. And I think it is fair to say, sir, that you have a great many admirers. You’re here to accept an important award that is given for lifetime achievement, and I join in the many Americans who thank you for your service.

MINISTER MENTOR YEW: Thank you very much, Secretary of State. I have come at a very important moment in America. It’s a time for renewal and resumption of the engagement of America, and particularly Southeast Asia and East Asia. It is a part of the world that will alter the shape of the 21st century.

SECRETARY CLINTON: And so we have our work cut out for us here. (Laughter.) Thank you.

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