Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan to make working visit to Indonesia

SINGAPORE: Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan will make a working visit to Jakarta from Apr 23 to Apr 26, said Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Monday (Apr 22).

Dr Balakrishnan’s visit “underscores the close friendship and cooperation between Singapore and Indonesia over the years, and reflects the shared desire to further strengthen cooperation”, added the ministry. 

He will call on Indonesian President Joko Widodo and be hosted by his counterpart Retno Marsudi.

Dr Balakrishnan will also meet Indonesian President-elect and Minister of Defence Prabowo Subianto.

Mr Prabowo won the Feb 14 election with nearly 60 per cent of votes, according to the country’s election body’s official tally. He is expected to take over as president in October.

Dr Balakrishnan will also meet other Indonesian officials such as Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno, and Minister of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono.

He will also call on former Indonesian presidents Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Megawati Soekarnoputri.

Dr Balakrishnan will be accompanied by officials from the MFA during his visit.

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