Jakarta, IORA - Indonesia and Singapore will hold leader’s retreat on September 2017 to commemorate the 50th years of Bilateral Relation Anniversary between the two countries.
This was stated by RI Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi and Singaporean Senior Minister of State Mohamad Maliki bin Osman following the bilateral meeting held on the sidelines of IORA Ministerial Meeting in Jakarta Convention Center on Monday (3/6).
"We disscusssed the preparation of the leader’s retreat in commemorating the 50th years of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Singapore. It is scheduled to be held next September" Minister Retno said.
According to her, the meeting also discussed both governments’ effort to enhance cooperation in education, human relation, culture and youth.
"Young generation play a significant role to maintain the good relation between Indonesia and Singapore through education, cultural exchanges, and other cooperation," she said.
Minister Osman said for 50 years, the government of Indonesia and Singapore have conducted numerous bilateral cooperation in various fields.
"Singapore and Indonesia reviewed the collaboration that has been established for 50 years in various sectors. We discussed on how we can continue these cooperations in the years to come," he said.
On that occasion, Minister Osman also expressed his appreciation to the Government of Indonesia for its chairmanship to encourage the advancement of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA).
"Indonesia's chairmanship can bring IORA to a higher level," he said.
According to him, the Jakarta Concord which will be signed by the heads of states of IORA member states on Tuesday (3/7) constitutes a guideline which can be used by IORA member states in facing the current and future challenges.
"When it comes to the Jakarta Concord, I congratulate Minister Retno Marsudi on Indonesia’s chairmanship that brings together the IORA member states to look ahead,” he said.
Jakarta Concord is a strategic document that contains IORA’s vision and cooperative norms to strengthen the region in facing the challenges.
Minister Osman also praised Indonesia’s achievement in encouraging the IORA member states to agree upon IORA Declaration on Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism in the Indian Ocean region.
"We appreciate the successful achievement on this IORA Summit, particularly the declaration on Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism. This is part of our interest since terrorism can happen anywhere," he said. (Yuni Arisandy)