Kalla leaves for Singapore to visit Ani Yudhoyono

Kalla leaves for Singapore to visit Ani Yudhoyono

Vice President Jusuf Kalla (left) received by former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (right) on Sunday, March 3, 2019, in a visit to Ani Yudhoyono, who is treated for blood cancer at the Singapore University Hospital. (Vice Presidential Press Bureau)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Jusuf Kalla left for Singapore on Sunday to visit Ani Yudhoyono, the wife of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) who is being treated at the Singapore National University Hospital for blood cancer.

The vice president, accompanied by his wife, Mufidah Kalla, departed from the Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in East Jakarta at 01.30 p.m. local time by Presidential Plane Bae RJ - 85.

Kalla and entourage including former coordinating minister for economic affairs Chairul Tanjung, former environment minister Rahmat Witular and the vice president`s chief secretary, Mohamad Oemar were expected to arrive at Changi Airport in Singapore at 04.20 p.m. local time.

Ani Yudhoyono has been treated at the hospital since Feb 2, for blood cancer at the recommendation of the president`s medical team.

Earlier, on Feb 21, President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo also visited Ani Yudhoyono.

The other state officials and former officials who had visited Ani Yudhoyono were Chairman of the People`s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Zulkifli Hasan, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa, former chief of the National Police General (ret) Sutarman, former Jakarta governor Sutiyoso, and former foreign minister Marty Natalegawa.

Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have also visited the wife of Indonesia`s sixth president at the hospital.

Reporting by Fransiska Ninditya, Suharto

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