DPM Teo in Jakarta for Indian Ocean group's meeting

Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean is in Jakarta from today to Wednesday to attend the Indian Ocean Rim Association (Iora) Leaders' Summit tomorrow as a special envoy of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

According to a statement issued by Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday, Mr Teo will be accompanied by Senior Minister of State for Defence and Foreign Affairs Maliki Osman and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Communications and Information.

Singapore is a founding member of Iora, which was established in 1997 to promote regional economic cooperation in the Indian Ocean. Iora currently has 21 member states from across South Asia, South-east Asia, Oceania, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The summit commemorates the 20th anniversary of Iora's founding. Indonesia is the current chair of Iora.

While in Jakarta, Mr Teo will also have bilateral meetings with senior ministers, including Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto and Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan, and other prominent Indonesian personalities.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2017, with the headline 'DPM Teo in Jakarta for Indian Ocean group's meeting'. Print Edition | Subscribe