JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia’s Vice President Ma'ruf Amin paid a courtesy call to Singapore President Halimah Yacob at the Singapore Presidential Palace on Monday, Jan. 16.
"We pray that 2023 will be a better year for all of us. I also hope that this year, our bilateral relations will be even better," Amin said.
During the meeting, which took place from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. local time, he conveyed warm regards from President Joko Widodo to the Singaporean President and gave her New Year wishes, according to a press release.
The Vice President said that the progress in bilateral relations between the two countries would be discussed in depth by President Widodo and the Prime Minister of Singapore soon.
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During the meeting, Amin raised some important points. First, he expressed his appreciation for the completion of three important agreements between Indonesia and Singapore.
"I am happy that we have been able to complete three important agreements, those being the Flight Information Region or FIR, the Defense Cooperation Agreement, and the Extradition Treaty. These three agreements further improve the cooperation between the two countries," he said.
Second, the Vice President expressed his hope that the bilateral relations between the countries could be expedited to the sharia economic sector.
Currently, Indonesia is taking several measures to become a global center of halal production, such as the establishment of halal industrial zones in three strategic areas in Bintan, Serang, and Sidoarjo, he noted.
"I expect Singapore can become an investment partner for the halal industry and encourage the completion of an agreement on halal product guarantees between the Halal Product Assurance Organizing Body and the Singapore Islamic Ulema Council (MUIS)," he said.