Singapore President Halimah to make first state visit to Indonesia

SINGAPORE (CNA) – Singapore President Halimah Yacob will make her first state visit to Indonesia from today to February 6, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said.

The visit, at the invitation of her Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo, will “reaffirm the wide-ranging, substantive and mutually-beneficial relationship between Singapore and Indonesia”, MFA said.

President Halimah’s first stop will be Jakarta, from today to February 5.

She will receive a ceremonial welcome at the Istana in Bogor, where she will meet President Widodo and attend a state banquet. She will also meet Vice-President Ma’ruf Amin and lay a wreath at the Kalibata Heroes’ Cemetery, as is customary for state visits to Indonesia.

While in Jakarta, she will also visit a Singapore International Foundation project on occupational therapy for children with special needs and view an Industry 4.0 training programme, organised under a Memorandum of Understanding between Singapore Polytechnic and Indonesia’s Ministry of Industry.

President Halimah will meet the Singapore community in Indonesia and “have engagements with Singapore and Indonesian business leaders, as well as Indonesian religious and interfaith personalities” during her visit, MFA said. She will then travel to Yogyakarta, where she will be hosted to dinner by Governor Sri Sultan

Hamengkubuwono X. President Halimah will be accompanied by her husband, Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee.

File photo shows Singapore President Halimah Yacob with Indonesian President Joko Widodo. PHOTO: CNA