President Reuven Rivlin pays his respects at the lying in state of Singapore’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew.
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President Reuven Rivlin paid his respects Friday to Singapore's late first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at the lying in state for the leader who died Monday at age 91.
"'A good name is better than a good perfume' (Ecc. 7:1), for a good name will last forever. In memory of a leader whose deeds and legacy will be remembered always. A dear friend of Israel and the Jewish people," Rivlin wrote in the official book of condolence.
Rivlin's visit to the Southeast Asian state was the first by an Israeli president since that of Chaim Herzog in 1987.
The president arrived in Singapore on Thursday in order to attend a state funeral for Lee on Sunday.
The former prime minister is credited with transforming the city-state from a British colonial outpost into one of the world's wealthiest nations on a per capita basis with a strong, pervasive role for the state and little patience for dissent.
Thousands of Singaporeans queued Friday to pay their last respects to the former prime minister.
Reuters contributed to this report.