Barack Obama mourns death of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew, calls him ‘true giant’

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Washington | Published: March 23, 2015 9:59:27 AM

President Barack Obama offered condolences on Sunday on the death of Lee Kuan Yew, calling Singapore's first prime minister "a true giant of history."

Lee Kuan Yew, Lee Kuan Yew death, barack obama, Lee Kuan Yew quotes, barack obama lee kuan yew, Lee Kuan Yew singapore, Lee Kuan Yew singapore story, singapore lee kuan yew passed awayIn this Oct. 29, 2009, file photo, Singapore?s then-Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, left, meets with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. AP

President Barack Obama offered condolences on Sunday on the death of Lee Kuan Yew, calling Singapore’s first prime minister “a true giant of history.”

Obama said in a White House statement that he appreciated Lee’s wisdom, including during discussions they held on the president’s trip to Singapore in 2009 when Obama was formulating his Asia-Pacific policy.

“He was a true giant of history who will be remembered for generations to come as the father of modern Singapore and as one the great strategists of Asian affairs,” Obama said of Lee, who died at age 91.

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