President Jokowi in Singapore to Attend ASEAN Summit
President Joko Jokowi Widodo and First Lady Ibu Iriana Joko Widodo on Tuesday (13/11) arrived at Changi International Airport in Singapore, to attend the 33rd ASEAN Summit.
They were welcomed by Singaporean Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mohamad Maliki bin Osman and Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore Ngurah Swajaya.
In the meantime, Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita, and Chief of the Indonesian National Police (Polri) General Tito Karnavian welcomed the President and the First Lady at the hotel.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi said that President Jokowi would attend the opening of the ASEAN Summit, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC), the ASEAN Summit Dinner, and the ASEAN Plenary Summit. She added that Indonesia would focus on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Indo-Pacific partnership.
Retno went on to say that President Jokowi on Wednesday is scheduled to attend several meetings, including seven meetings related to ASEAN and several bilateral meetings.
On different occasion, Deputy of Protocol, Press and Media of the Presidential Secretariat Bey Machmudin in his press release said that President Jokowi would attend the ASEAN Summit on 13-15 November 2018.
“In addition, as the coordinator of ASEAN-Russia, President Jokowi is slated to deliver ASEAN statements at the ASEAN-Russia meeting,” Bey said, adding that under Indonesia’s coordination, ASEAN-Russia cooperation has become a strategic partnership.
Bey further said that after attending the ASEAN Summit, President Jokowi would continue his working visit to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea to attend the 26th APEC Summit on November 17-18 2018, during which Indonesia will focus on the issue of digital technology for inclusive development. In Port Moresby, President Jokowi will also hold bilateral meetings and dialogues with 12 leaders of Pacific island countries to discuss maritime cooperation and to mitigate the impacts of climate change, Bey said.
Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Edited by: Ersan Pamungkas