President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has congratulated the Government and people of the Republic of Singapore on the occasion of that country’s 51st Independence Anniversary, also known as its National Day.
The National Day of Singapore is celebrated each year on August 9 to commemorate the day in 1965 when Singapore gained independence from Malaysia, and Yusof bin Ishak was sworn in as its first President.
Singapore declared independence from Britain in August 1963. It joined the Federation of Malaysia in September 1963 after the 1962 Merger Referendum of Singapore. Singapore left the federation two years later and gained its own sovereignty.
In her message to President Tony Tan Keng Yam, President Sirleaf stressed that as the people of Singapore commemorate this joyous and historic occasion, she looks forward to strengthening the excellent bilateral cooperation existing between the two countries in short-term trainings through the Singapore Cooperation Program.