PM Lee, Indonesian minister discuss bilateral cooperation, building up strong ties

SINGAPORE – Primary Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Financial Affairs Airlangga Hartarto discussed ties among the two international locations when they fulfilled on Tuesday (May well 31).

“We had a excellent dialogue on our bilateral cooperation and building up the sturdy partnership in between Singapore and Indonesia,” wrote PM Lee in a Facebook put up about their meeting at the Istana.

“The digital economic climate, renewable electrical power, sustainability, and human capital improvement are priorities for equally nations, and we can do more to fortify our backlinks in these regions,” he extra.

PM Lee said he also reiterated Singapore’s help for the Team of 20 (G-20) approach and for Indonesia’s G-20 presidency at the meeting.

“Wishing Indonesia a successful G-20 Summit this November,” he wrote.

The G-20 brings with each other the world’s greatest economies. Its presidency, which rotates annually, will involve a sequence of conferences that build up to the 12 months-close summit attended by leaders of member international locations and invited friends.

This year’s summit will be held in Bali.

On Tuesday, Mr Airlangga also represented Indonesia as G-20 president at the next World wide Governance Group (3G) Dialogue with the G-20 Troika. The Troika is built up of the nation that retains the G-20 presidency, its predecessor and successor.

The dialogue, held at the Ministry of Overseas Affairs, was chaired by Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and attended by 22 ambassadors and representatives of 3G member international locations. The 3G is an informal grouping of 30 small and medium-sized members of the United Nations.

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Singapore is not a G-20 member, but it has been invited to take part in several previous G-20 summits and similar meetings as the convener of the 3G.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Dr Balakrishnan reported he thanked Indonesia for its lively outreach to non G-20 associates these as the 3G, introducing that he hosted Mr Airlangga to lunch.

“It is only by means of regulations-based mostly multilateralism and closer cooperation that we can prevail over vital world difficulties, which include in offer chain resilience, sustainable progress, and public health emergencies,” wrote Dr Balakrishnan. He stated he reviewed with Mr Airlangga cooperation in parts this sort of as connectivity, and food and energy protection.

Convened by Singapore in 2009, the 3G aims to promote greater dialogue in between the G-20 and the broader United Nations membership.

“The 3G will carry on to support the crucial do the job of the G-20 amidst the problems we encounter in a extra hazardous and unsure entire world,” wrote Dr Balakrishnan.