President Yudhoyono holds talks Singaporean prime minister

Bogor, W Java (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono held bilateral talks with visiting Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday afternoon at the Bogor Palace, some 60 km south of Jakarta.

The meeting, which took place in the Garuda Room of the palace, focused on enhancing cooperation in various fields.

The two neighboring nations are expected to sign Memorandums of Understanding in various fields following the meeting.

Lee Hsien Loong was accompanied during the meeting by a number of ministers and ranking officials, including Trade Minister Lim Hng Kiang, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, Development Minister Chan Chun Sing, and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts & Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu.

Meanwhile, President Yudhoyono was flanked by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, Industry Minister MS. Hidayat, National Defence Forces Chief Admiral Agus Suhartono, National Police Chief General Timur Pradopo and other top officials.

Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said last Friday that the two nations would evaluate developments in their bilateral relations since the last such meeting was held in 2010.

In addition, the two countries would also discuss possible cooperation in the economic, trade and investment fields, Marty said.

Also on the agenda for the meeting, the two nations discussed progress in their border talks and legal cooperation, besides regional and global issues, he said.(*)