Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to visit Singapore from Feb 9-10

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi will be visiting Singapore from Feb 9-10.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi will be visiting Singapore from Feb 9-10. PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi is set to visit Singapore from Feb 9 to 10, for bilateral meetings with her counterpart, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.

Her visit will also kick off a series of events to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two South-east Asian countries this year, Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir told reporters on Thursday (Feb 2).

He added that Ms Retno will be paying a courtesy call to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, as well as follow up with Dr Balakrishnan on bilateral agreements covering maritime and economic cooperation, which were raised when President Joko Widodo hosted PM Lee during last Novermber's Leaders' Retreat in Semarang, Central Java.

But top on the agenda for the visit would be discussions on a sea border treaty Indonesia signed with Singapore in 2014, and ratified by Parliament last month, cooperation in counter-terrorism, said Mr Arrmanatha.

These will include intelligence- and information-sharing, as well as how the two countries can better deal with the rise of terrorism in the region.

Ms Retno will also be delivering a public lecture at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) on how the Joko Widodo administration deals with conflicts with other nations.