Indonesia's President Yudhoyono in Singapore for state visit

Indonesia's President Yudhoyono in Singapore for state visit

SINGAPORE - President of the Republic of Indonesia Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is on a state visit to Singapore. During the visit, he will be conferred the award of Order of Temasek (First Class) by President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

President Yudhoyono, accompanied by his wife Ibu Ani Yudhoyono, received a ceremonial welcome at the Istana this morning.

He then had separate meetings with President Tan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Prime Minister Lee also hosted President Yudhoyono and his delegation to lunch.

President Tan and President Yudhoyono had a wide-ranging discussion on issues of regional and international concern, as well as the state of bilateral ties and the progress that has been made in various areas of our cooperation over the past ten years.

Singapore's PM Lee also expressed his appreciation for President Yudhoyono's strong support for the Singapore-Indonesia relationship and said that Singapore looked forward to further enhancing ties with Indonesia.

President Yudhoyono and Prime Minister Lee then witnessed the signing of the Treaty between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of Singapore Relating to the Delimitation of the Territorial Seas of the Two Countries in the Eastern Part of the Strait of Singapore.

This is the second maritime boundary agreement which Singapore has signed with Indonesia under President Yudhoyono's Administration. The first was the Treaty between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of Singapore Relating to the Delimitation of the Territorial Seas of the Two Countries in the Western Part of the Strait of Singapore, concluded in 2009.

President Yudhoyono and Ibu Ani Yudhoyono will be hosted to a State Banquet by President Tan and Mrs Tan following the award conferment ceremony tonight.

ljessica@sph.com.sg

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