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PM Lee congratulates New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on election win

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SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday (Oct 18) congratulated his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern following her national election victory.

"Your win reflects the continued trust and confidence that New Zealanders have in your leadership, particularly your government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis," Mr Lee wrote in a letter.

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He also said that Singapore and New Zealand were "close friends and longstanding partners" who upgraded relations to an Enhanced Partnership (EP) during Ms Ardern's official visit to Singapore in May 2019.

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"The EP has taken on greater significance amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with concrete cooperation in areas such as supply chain connectivity, vaccine multilateralism and the digital economy."

Mr Lee added that he looked forward to working with Ms Ardern to advance both countries' mutual interests, both bilaterally and at international fora.

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He also pledged Singapore’s support during Ms Ardern's chairmanship of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) next year.

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