Singapore and Israel commemorate 50 years of diplomatic relations through joint stamp issue launch
Singapore-Israel joint stamp issue 2019
Singapore, 8 May 2019 – Singapore Post Limited (SingPost), in collaboration with Israel Post, today jointly released a stamp issue to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Israel.
The stamps were unveiled this evening by SingPost Chief Executive Officer for Postal Services and Singapore, Mr Vincent Phang, and Director of the Israel Philatelic Service, Mr Elhanan Shapira. The launch was witnessed by Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, and Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Republic of Singapore, H.E. Simona Halperin.
The joint stamp issue features flowers and birds native to both countries, symbolising the shared values and friendship between the two young nations.
Featured on the Singapore stamp are flowers that are commonly found across Singapore’s streets and parks, including the Pigeon Orchid, Dancing Ladies, Bougainvillea and Malayan Ixora. The design is a nod to Singapore’s unique reputation as a garden city.
Likewise, the Israel stamp features several species of flowers found in Israel including the Anemone, Cyclamen, Senecio and the Narcissus. These colourful flowers are synonymous with Israel’s landscape at different times of the year.
Both stamps also feature a species of bird associated with each state. Singapore is represented by the Crimson Sunbird, a small and active bird with a red plumage found on the male species. Israel’s national bird, the Hoopoe, is featured facing the sunbird on both stamps.
SingPost Chief Executive Officer for Postal Services and Singapore, Mr Vincent Phang said that SingPost is proud to be part of this momentous milestone to celebrate the friendship between Singapore and Israel.
“The beautifully designed stamps are a reflection of how both of our countries celebrate the diversity found within each nation, and being able to flourish internationally despite our small sizes, as embodied by the birds depicted in the stamps,” Mr Phang said.
The Ambassador of Israel to Singapore, Simona Halperin is honoured to have Israel Philatelic Service and Singapore Post introduce these commemorative stamps to mark the 50th jubilee of diplomatic relations between Israel and Singapore.
“The diversity of a grounded and robust friendship and collaboration is well represented by the two nations' beautiful array of flowers, while the birds and butterflies featured are a symbolic representation that the sky is the limit for the unique partnership between Israel and Singapore. The joint stamp speaks volumes of the rich history and collaboration between the two countries”, said Ambassador Simona Halperin.
The stamps (valued at S$1.30 each), Miniature Sheets (S$2.75), Pre-cancelled First Day Covers (S$4.05) and Presentation Packs (S$5.10) will go on sale from 8 May 2019 at all post offices and the Philatelic Store @ GPO.
All products are also available online at shop.singpost.com, while stocks last.
For media enquiries:
Shannon Lim (Mr)
+65 9728 8580
Embassy of Israel
The Embassy of Israel – Press Office
+65 6834 9262
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