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article imageNeighbors must put WWII behind them

By Chikako Uchinami     Jun 25, 2014 in World
Washington - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore has stated in an interview today that it is time for Japan's neighbors to "put World War Two behind them" in the interests of peace in Asia.
The Prime Minister made the remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations while on a working visit to the United States. The Prime Minister's itinerary included meetings at the White House and with Cabinet Secretaries and principal members of the US Senate and House of Representatives. The PM also delivered a speech commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, co-hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce and the US-ASEAN Business Council.
"One of the reasons Japan’s difficulties are not just with China, but with also Korea is because of reopening of issues that go back to the Second World War and before, which have never been properly put to rest the way they were put to rest in Europe after the war," Lee Hsien Loong said.
Newspapers worldwide including the South China Morning Post and Reuters are reporting on the PM's historic remarks. The PM encouraged all parties in the region to end arguments over past issues to ensure lasting peace in Asia.
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