Minister of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has announced that Prime Minister of the State of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu will make an Official Visit to Singapore from 20 to 21 February 2017.
The Ministry said that an official welcome ceremony will be held for Prime Minister Netanyahu at the Istana on 20 February 2017.
PM Netanyahu will then call on President Tony Tan Keng Yam and meet with PM Lee Hsien Loong, adding that Lee will host an official dinner for Prime Minister Netanyahu at the Istana.
MFA added that Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean will also host a lunch for Prime Minister Netanyahu.
“Prime Minister Netanyahu will be accompanied by his wife, Mrs Sara Netanyahu, and a delegation of senior government officials,” it said.
Singapore Police Force (SPF) has announced traffic arrangement in relation with the event which will be held at Raffles Avenue that the following roads and lanes will be closed to vehicular traffic from 8 pm on 19 February 2017 to 10 pm on 21 February 2017 to facilitate the event:
However, his State visit has provoked certain objections from segments of the population. People’s Power Party (PPP) released a statement which stressed that the party disapproves the visit due to their attack towards Palestine land and its occupation.
A few citizens have also tried to conduct a protest speech at Hong Lim Park on the visit of the Isreali PM. But their plans was denied by the Police under the claims that they need to submit the application for approval although the Hong Lim Park application is under the purview of National Parks.
The Police said that traffic delays are expected along Bras Basah Road, Esplanade Drive, Nicoll Highway, Raffles Boulevard, Raffles Avenue, Temasek Boulevard, Temasek Avenue, Republic Boulevard and Bayfront Avenue.
“Motorists are strongly advised to plan their journey early,” it said.
The Police stated that during the closures, access will only be granted to authorised vehicles such as Police and emergency vehicles. Police officers and Auxiliary Police officers will be deployed at the affected junctions to assist and direct motorists, adding that public bus services affected by the road closures will be diverted.
“The Police will be conducting road blocks and security checks at and around Raffles Avenue during this period. The public is advised to comply fully with instructions of the Police at these check points,” it stressed.
The police said that parking restrictions will be strictly enforced and vehicles found parking indiscriminately and/or causing obstruction will be towed.