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January 12, 2008

INDONESIA-MALAYSIA/TIES
Yudhoyono and Badawi meet in KL for annual consultations

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi held tete-a-tete as part of annual consultations between the two nations in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

President Yudhoyono and United Indonesia Cabinet ministers arrived at the Malaysian Prime Minister`s office in the Putrajaya area at 10:15 am local time. They were greeted by Prime Minister Badawi and Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar.

The meeting was scheduled to last 30 minutes and would be continued with consultative meetings among officials of both nations.

There was no immediate information on the topics of the two heads of state`s meeting but sources said they would discuss issues related to Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia, trade, investment, borders, illegal logging, military cooperation, education, tourism, culture and formation of an eminent persons group.

After the meeting, the two leaders would witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on investment and trade.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono arrived here on Thursday for a three-day visit in Malaysia to hold annual consultations with Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Susilo, accompanied by his wife, Ani Bambang Yudhoyono, is leading a 150-member delegation comprising cabinet ministers and senior government officials.

He was greeted on arrival at Kuala Lumpur`s International Airport in Sepang by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar, his wife, Datin Seri Sharifah Aziah Syed Zainal Abidin, senior foreign ministry and Indonesian Embassy officials.

Syed Hamid said Susilo`s three-day visit bode well for future bilateral relations between Malaysia and Indonesia.

He said Susilo and Abdullah were expected to discuss issues of mutual interest to both countries.

Regional and international issues of concern to both countries would also feature in their talks, he told reporters at the airport on Thursday.

At 15 p.m, Yudhoyono is expected to visit the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur where he would inspect the immigration section and a shelter for Indonesian workers.


Courtesy Antara

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