Yudhoyono to discuss economic cooperation with Singaporean Premier

Jakarta (Antara News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to meet Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Batam on June 25, 2006 to discuss economic cooperation between the neighboring island state and Batam and Bintan islands in Indonesia`s province of Riau islands.

The two leaders will sign an agreement in the framework of economic cooperation between Singapore and Batam, inaugurate the Bintan special economic zone, and discuss the development of bilateral relations between the two neighbors, presidential spokesman Dino Pati Jalal told the press here Monday.

Replying to a question about extradition, Dino said the two leaders will not sign an extradition agreement the two countries as negotiations on the issue are still underway.

The extradition agreement will be put in a package that will include cooperation in defense and in fighting terrorism, according to the spokesman.

Indonesia and Singapore have since January 2005 held seven meetings on extradition. The talks took place in Singapore (Jan 17 and 18, 2005), Indonesia (April 11 and 12, 2005), Singapore (Aug 15 and 16, 2005), Indonesia (Aug 31 and Sept 1, 2005), Singapore (Sept 13 and 14), Indonesia (Nov 14 and 15, 2005) and in Singapore (Feb 23 and 24, 2006).

The Indonesian House speaker has asked the Government to postpone the assignment of a new ambassador to Singapore as the House of Representatives (DPR) is rather disappointed over Singapore`s reluctance to sign the extradition agreement.

"We will soon send a letter on this matter to the government, in this case to Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda," House Speaker Agung Laksono said here recently.

Previously, the House foreign affairs Commission urged the House speaker to postpone the sending of ambassador to Singapore until the Singaporean Government was ready to sign the extradition deal.(*)

Jun 13 00:16
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