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President Tony Tan Keng Yam meets Indonesian President in Batam

President Tony Tan Keng Yam and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono reaffirmed the excellent and longstanding relations between Singapore and Indonesia.

BATAM: President Tony Tan Keng Yam has met Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Batam. Dr Tan arrived there on Thursday (June 5) for a visit at the invitation of his Indonesian counterpart. The informal gathering had been proposed by President Yudhoyono when the leaders met in Singapore last April (2013).

Dr Yudhoyono - who is in Batam to officiate a local event - hosted Dr Tan to dinner. Before that, they had a wide-ranging discussion on regional and international developments. "They agreed that a strong, united and integrated ASEAN was important for regional prosperity and for the region to address various common challenges," a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) statement said. It also said both leaders reaffirmed "excellent and longstanding relations" between Singapore and Indonesia. 

Dr Tan thanked Dr Yudhoyono for his strong support in deepening bilateral relations during the Indonesian leader's last 10 years in office. On his part, Dr Yudhoyono expressed hope that both countries can maintain a good relationship and continue their cooperation. 

Earlier on Thursday, Dr Tan met with some Singaporeans in Batam for a tea session, hosted by Singapore's ambassador in Jakarta. There are a few thousand Singaporeans living and working on the Indonesian island, and some of them took the opportunity to share their experiences with the President.

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