President Reuven Rivlin left for Singapore on Wednesday night to attend the funeral of Lee Kuan Yew, Asia’s great statesman and the founding long-term prime minister of the island state, after tasking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming Israel’s 34th government.
The funeral will take place on Sunday, March 29. "I am leaving with a feeling of great respect for the people of Singapore," Rivlin said upon his departure. "I am going to represent the State of Israel and its people not only to offer condolences but to express our utmost appreciation of an important and valued leader."
Israel sees Singapore as an important ally, Rivlin added, "and I have no doubt that the relation between the two nations will only get stronger."