PM Lee, President Tony Tan congratulate Indonesia's Joko Widodo on election win
- POSTED: 23 Jul 2014 20:46
Both leaders lauded Mr Widodo's vision for Indonesia and noted the close bilateral ties between Singapore and Indonesia.
SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong congratulated Indonesia’s President-elect Joko Widodo on his election victory in a phone call on Wednesday (July 23) morning.
Mr Widodo - popularly known as Jokowi - was declared the winner of Indonesia's closely-fought presidential race on Tuesday. The country's elections commission said he received 53.15 per cent of the vote, compared to his rival ex-general Prabowo Subianto's roughly 47 per cent - a margin of about 8.4 million votes.
According to a press statement from Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Lee and Mr Widodo both acknowledged the deep, close ties between Singapore and Indonesia during their conversation, and Mr Lee said he looked forward to working with Mr Widodo to strengthen these ties and explore new areas of cooperation.
In a congratulatory letter to Mr Widodo, Mr Lee also wrote that his election win reflects “the confidence and hope that the Indonesian people have in your leadership…you won Indonesians over with your vision, your focus on their concerns and aspirations, and your natural identification with ordinary citizens.”
He noted that Singapore and Indonesia enjoy "wide-ranging cooperation in many fields, including in trade, business and people-to-people ties" and share "an interest in a stable, peaceful and prosperous ASEAN". He also invited Mr Widodo to visit Singapore "at the earliest opportunity".
President Tony Tan Keng Yam has also written to Mr Widodo to congratulate him on his victory. “Indonesians have placed their trust in your people-oriented vision to improve their lives and take Indonesia to new heights. I am confident that under your leadership, Indonesia will continue to progress and prosper in the coming years,” he wrote, adding that he was confident that the “deep and substantive relationship” between Singapore and Indonesia would “continue to flourish under your able leadership”.