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Indonesian military leaders not attending S'pore Airshow

The Singapore Armed Forces have rescinded an invitation to the chief of staff of the Indonesian Navy and to a group of junior officers from the Indonesian Armed Forces. The invitation was to a dialogue which was to have taken place at the Singapore Airshow, which officially starts on Tuesday.

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Armed Forces have rescinded an invitation to the chief of staff of the Indonesian Navy and to a group of junior officers from the Indonesian Armed Forces.

The invitation was to a dialogue which was to have taken place at the Singapore Airshow, which officially starts on Tuesday.

When contacted, Singapore's Defence Ministry on Sunday evening did not deny this latest development.

A spokesman for the ministry also added that MINDEF has been informed that the commander of the Indonesian Armed Forces, Indonesia’s deputy defence minister, as well as the chiefs of staff of the Indonesian Army and Air Force - have decided not to attend the event.

But there has been no word on any changes to the participation of the Indonesian Air Force Jupiter Aerobatic Team.

Earlier, the Indonesian media had reported that invitations to top brass in the country's military had been withdrawn.

An Indonesian defence ministry spokesman told the Indonesian media that the cancellation is connected to Indonesia's decision to name a naval warship after two men who carried out a bomb attack on MacDonald House in Singapore in 1965.

The decision to name the ship after the bombers sparked off a row between the two countries last week, with Singapore leaders calling the bombing a wrong and grievous attack on civilians in Singapore.

Several Singapore leaders have asked Jakarta to show greater sensitivity towards the feelings of the victims of the bombing and their families. 

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