Leaders' Retreat to mark 50 years of Singapore-Indonesia ties to be held in September

Senior Minister of State for Defence and Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman shaking hands with Mr Alex Noerdin, Governor of South Sumatra during a four-day visit to Bandung and Palembang on July 27, 2016.
Senior Minister of State for Defence and Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman shaking hands with Mr Alex Noerdin, Governor of South Sumatra during a four-day visit to Bandung and Palembang on July 27, 2016. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

Singapore will hold a Leaders' Retreat in the Republic in September to celebrate 50 years of "good, wonderful" bilateral relations with Indonesia.

Senior Minister of State for Defence and Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman said on Monday (March 6) that plans to hold the retreat to commemorate "this very important year" have begun.

"Singapore is very happy with the excellent bilateral relations between Singapore and Indonesia," he told reporters after calling on Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi at the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers' Meeting in Jakarta.

Dr Maliki noted that the two countries have worked together in many sectors in the past five decades, and the next step is to encourage the younger generation to continue the journey.

"We know that the earlier generation share a lot of history together and moving forward the younger generation should also try to understand history and create their own history together so that the relationship between Indonesia and Singapore can continue to go on to greater heights," he said.

The two countries have reaffirmed their commitment to boost bilateral ties, particularly the cooperation on counter-terrorism, following a meeting between Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto and visiting Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Monday.

Besides the three former Indonesian army generals, Mr Teo also met House Speaker Setya Novanto and other lawmakers to exchange views on regional and international developments, and welcomed closer parliamentary interactions between both countries.

Both Mr Teo and Mr Maliki also attended the IORA Leaders' Welcome Dinner hosted by President Joko Widodo on Monday night.

Leaders and senior officials from the 21 member countries are meeting at the IORA Business Summit, which ends on Tuesday.