20 April 2013
JAKARTA, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will visit Singapore, Myanmar and Brunei next week, local media reported here on Saturday, quoting a presidential staffer.
Yudhoyono accompanied by a delegation and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, will leave for Singapore on April 22, Presidential Adviser on Foreign Affairs Teuku Faizasyah said in a statement.
In Singapore, the president will attend the annual Leaders' Retreat, where he is scheduled to meet with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to discuss bilateral cooperation in investment, air transportation, tourism, manpower, agro-business, counter-terrorism and economic growth zones.
"The annual Indonesia-Singapore Leader's Retreat meeting constitutes the highest forum to evaluate the progress of bilateral cooperations handled by seven working groups. Regular and periodical meetings are also aimed at ascertaining the achievements and the follow up for the various agreements reached in previous Leaders' Retreat," Faizasyah was quoted by the Jakarta globe as saying.
In Singapore, Yudhoyono will also receive honorary degrees from the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
On April 23, the president and his retinue will fly to Naypyidaw, Myanmar, for a two-day state visit, during which he will meet with his Myanmar counterpart U Thein Sein on strengthening bilateral ties.
Faizasyah said that Yudhoyono's visit to the recently-opened state is aimed at expanding ties between the two countries.
The two presidents are scheduled to witness the signing of several memorandums of understanding concerning trade, capacity building and investment.
Afterward, Yudhoyono will go to Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, on April 24 to attend the 22nd summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) there.
Yudhoyono will also attend the 9th summit of the Brunei- Indonesia-Malaysia-Filipino East ASEAN Growth Area and the 7th summit of the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle, which are held on the sideline of the ASEAN Summit.
Yudhoyono and the first lady are scheduled to return home on April 26.