Boost S’pore-Jakarta exchanges at people-to-people level

By Dhevarajan Devadas

It is heartening that Singapore and Indonesia continue to recognise the importance of maintaining stable bilateral ties and good working relations between their respective leaderships (“PM Lee, Jokowi set to meet for leaders’ retreat this year”; Jan 14).

Both nations share an interest in ensuring continued stability and economic prosperity in the region. As the largest ASEAN (Association of South-east Asian Nations) member, Indonesia plays an increasingly important role as the region grapples with political, security and environmental challenges, such as the competing territorial claims in the South China Sea, terror threats from the Islamic State group, and the haze.

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