President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu congratulated Lawrence Wong following his appointment as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore.

In his message, the President stated that he looks forward to working closely with the new Prime Minister of Singapore to improve bilateral ties further and increase collaboration in sectors of trade and investment that benefit both countries.

President Dr Muizzu also expressed optimism that the friendship between the Maldives and Singapore and its people will continue to strengthen under the Prime Minister's leadership in the coming years.

Wong is set to be sworn in Wednesday as Singapore's fourth prime minister in a carefully planned political succession designed to ensure continuity and stability in the Asian financial hub.

A U.S.-trained economist, Wong, 51, succeeds Lee Hsien Loong, 72, who stepped down after two decades at the helm. Lee’s resignation marked the end of a family dynasty led by his father Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s charismatic first leader who built the colonial trading outpost into a business-friendly, affluent country during 31 years in office. Wong, a civil servant turned politician, came to prominence while coordinating Singapore’s successful fight against COVID-19.