SBY welcomes Msian king,

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono welcomes visiting Malaysian King Yang di-Pertuan Agong Abdul Halim and Queen Permaisuri Agong Haminah in a state ceremony at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday afternoon.

Following the ceremony, Yudhoyono and Abdul had a bilateral meeting.

“Your visit to Indonesia today is a repeat of your visit to this country dozens of years ago. I hope, in this visit, Your Majesty and your delegation can improve the friendly relationship, cooperation, and partnership between the two countries,” Yudhoyono said prior to the closed-door bilateral meeting.

State Secretary Sudi Silalahi, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al Jufri, and Cabinet Secretary Dipo Alam accompanied the President in the meeting.

Abdul, meanwhile, was accompanied by Malaysian Agriculture Minister Noh Hj Omar.

Later in the evening, Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono hosted a state banquet for their royal Malaysian guests.

According to Marty, Yudhoyono and Abdul only discussed “general matters,” such as “cooperation in the sectors of education and culture”.

No talks on specific matters, including problems surrounding Indonesian workers in Malaysia, had been discussed in the meeting, Marty added.

The Malaysian King and Queen will be in Indonesia from Dec. 3 to 8. The visit was scheduled following an invitation from the Indonesian government, Presidential foreign affairs spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said in a press release made available on Monday. (lfr)

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