PM Narendra Modi to attend funeral of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the funeral of Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of Singapore, who passed away early Monday morning at the age of 91 after a prolonged battle with pneumonia.

Last Updated: Mar 24, 2015, 14:56 PM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the funeral of Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of Singapore, who passed away early Monday morning at the age of 91 after a prolonged battle with pneumonia.

The funeral will take place on March 29, said External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.

Calling him a "far-sighted statesman" and a "lion among leaders", Modi had yesterday said Lee's life "teaches valuable lessons to everyone".

"News of his demise is saddening," Modi tweeted.

"In this hour of bereavement, our prayers are with Lee Kuan Yew's family and the people of Singapore. May his soul rest in peace."

Other leaders in the Asia-Pacific region too extended their condolences to Singapore over the death of Lee Kuan Yew.

Born on September 16, 1923, Lee was considered the father of modern day Singapore and the leader who made the island nation the most prosperous in Southeast Asia.

Lee Kuan Yew served as Singapore's prime minister from 1959 to 1990 and then as a senior minister and minister mentor.

(With IANS inputs)