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Jokowi, Singapore's Lee kick off one-day retreat to mark 50 years of bilateral ties

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, September 7, 2017 | 12:34 pm
Jokowi, Singapore's Lee kick off one-day retreat to mark 50 years of bilateral ties President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo returns salutes from law enforcement officials as he boards the presidential aircraft at Halim Perdanakusuma Airbase in East Jakarta, recently. (Presidential Secretariat/Laily Rachev)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong kicked off a one-day leader retreat on Thursday by taking a stroll and planting an oak tree at the Singapore Botanic Garden, an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the bilateral ties between the two Southeast Asia nations.

The two leaders then had their breakfast at a restaurant inside the garden.

“Had an early nasi lemak with President Joko Widodo and his family at the Botanic Gardens,” Lee wrote on his Facebook page under “wefie” photo of him with Jokowi and the two leaders' wives.

“We last had a breakfast together in 2014,” Lee said. “So it was nice to have them all visit again.”

After the breakfast, the two leaders held a formal meeting at the Singapore Presidential Palace to discuss various regional and international issues as well as issues affecting the cooperation between the two neighboring countries.

There are at least four sectors of cooperation discussed in the meeting: investment, tourism, energy and digital economy, Bey Machmuddin, the head of palace press bureau, said in a statement on Thursday.

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“In the afternoon, the President and First Lady will head to Marina Bay Cruise Center to watch a Joint Fly-Past show performed by [members] of the Indonesian Military and Singapore Air Force,” Boy said.

“The Joint Fly-Past is an important show because the two countries are commemorating 50 years of bilateral cooperation," it added. (saf/bbs)

Closer ties – President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (second from left), accompanied by First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo (left), shakes hands with his Singaporean counterpart Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (second from right), accompanied by his wife Ho Ching, prior to their bilateral meeting in Semarang, Central  Java, on Nov. 14, 2016. Closer ties – President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (second from left), accompanied by First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo (left), shakes hands with his Singaporean counterpart Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (second from right), accompanied by his wife Ho Ching, prior to their bilateral meeting in Semarang, Central Java, on Nov. 14, 2016. (Courtesy of the Presidential Office/Laily Rachev)

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