Posted by: mel | November 13, 2009

Yudhoyono, Hu Jintao to have bilateral talks

ANTARA News | Singapore | 13 November 2009

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao will have a meeting in the run-up to the two-day APEC Summit here from November 14-15, 2009.

“President Yudhoyono is scheduled to have a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart on Friday afternoon,” presidential spokesman Dino Patti Djalal said at Marina Mandarin Hotel here on Friday morning.

The meeting with Hu Jintao is one of President Yudhoyono`s bilateral talks with his counterparts on the sidelines of the APEC summit.

But Djalal did not elaborate on the agenda of Yudhoyono`s meeting with Jintao.

The Indonesian and Chinese leaders arrived here earlier ahead of the summit because they have their own agenda to visit the Singapore government.

Djalal said President Yudhoyono was also scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Michael Somare on Friday evening.

Soon after arriving in Singapore on Thursday afternoon, the Indonesian head of state had a meeting with his Singaporean counterpart SR Nathan, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and also ministerial mentor Lee Kuan Yeuw.

On Thursday evening Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hosted a banquet for the Indonesian delegation, and on the occasion he talked about efforts to further improve the good relations between the two countries.

Yudhoyono on Friday evening is also scheduled to address the summit of chief executive officers (CEO Summit) which traditionally precedes APEC summits.

President Yudhoyono`s entourage in the visit to Singapore included Minister/State Secretary Sudi Silalahi, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Industry Minister MS Hidayat, Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar, Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik, Youth and Sports Affairs Minister Andi Malarangeng, and Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Chief Gita Wirjawan.

Meanwhile, the Chinese president made a state visit to his Singaporean counterpart SR Nathan on Wednesday to discuss the observance of the the 20th anniversary of the two countries` diplomatic relations.

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