PM Lee, Indonesian minister discuss bilateral cooperation, building up strong ties

SINGAPORE – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Financial Affairs Airlangga Hartarto discussed ties between the two nations when they achieved on Tuesday (Might 31).

“We experienced a superior discussion on our bilateral cooperation and constructing up the robust romance amongst Singapore and Indonesia,” wrote PM Lee in a Fb publish about their meeting at the Istana.

“The electronic overall economy, renewable energy, sustainability, and human cash development are priorities for both of those international locations, and we can do much more to bolster our hyperlinks in these locations,” he additional.

PM Lee said he also reiterated Singapore’s help for the Team of 20 (G-20) course of action and for Indonesia’s G-20 presidency at the assembly.

“Wishing Indonesia a productive G-20 Summit this November,” he wrote.

The G-20 provides collectively the world’s greatest economies. Its presidency, which rotates yearly, entails a series of conferences that build up to the calendar year-end summit attended by leaders of member countries and invited guests.

This year’s summit will be held in Bali.

On Tuesday, Mr Airlangga also represented Indonesia as G-20 president at the 2nd Worldwide Governance Team (3G) Dialogue with the G-20 Troika. The Troika is designed up of the nation that retains the G-20 presidency, its predecessor and successor.

The dialogue, held at the Ministry of Overseas Affairs, was chaired by Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and attended by 22 ambassadors and associates of 3G member countries. The 3G is an casual grouping of 30 tiny and medium-sized users of the United Nations.

Singapore is not a G-20 member, but it has been invited to take part in lots of past G-20 summits and associated meetings as the convener of the 3G.

In a Facebook publish on Tuesday, Dr Balakrishnan said he thanked Indonesia for its energetic outreach to non G-20 associates these as the 3G, adding that he hosted Mr Airlangga to lunch.

“It is only via principles-dependent multilateralism and closer cooperation that we can overcome important world-wide challenges, such as in provide chain resilience, sustainable progress, and community well being emergencies,” wrote Dr Balakrishnan. He said he talked over with Mr Airlangga cooperation in regions these kinds of as connectivity, and foods and energy safety.

Convened by Singapore in 2009, the 3G aims to advertise better dialogue between the G-20 and the broader United Nations membership.

“The 3G will keep on to help the critical get the job done of the G-20 amidst the challenges we face in a a lot more dangerous and uncertain planet,” wrote Dr Balakrishnan.