Vivian Balakrishnan in Jakarta for 2-day visit

Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan meeting former Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (second from left) at his residence in Jakarta yesterday.
Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan meeting former Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (second from left) at his residence in Jakarta yesterday.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN

Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, who is in Jakarta for a two-day working visit, yesterday called on former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto.

Dr Balakrishnan wrote in a Facebook post that he had a wide-ranging conversation with Dr Yudhoyono on common regional and global challenges that Singapore and Indonesia face.

"We discussed the continued relevance of Singapore's Asean chairmanship priorities of 'innovation' and 'resilience', even as we collectively face the challenges posed by the digital revolution and changing geostrategic balance," he said.

He added that Dr Yudhoyono played an important role in charting Asean's journey and shaping its development, and that it was an honour to draw from his "wellspring of experience".

Dr Balakrishnan also said he enjoyed the exchange of views, including on political and economic developments, with Mr Airlangga, who is also chairman of Golkar, the second-largest political party in Indonesia.

"There is room to do much more, including by deepening cooperation in the Kendal Industrial Park and in the Batam, Bintan and Karimun region, and enhancing our business and investment environments for mutual benefit," he said.

"Looking forward to working together closely to take our economic cooperation in traditional and emerging areas to the next level."

Dr Balakrishnan also met Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan yesterday, and he will be meeting his Indonesian counterpart, Ms Retno Marsudi, this morning before returning to Singapore.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 14, 2018, with the headline 'Vivian Balakrishnan in Jakarta for 2-day visit'. Print Edition | Subscribe