JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesia President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo is set to visit Malaysia and Singapore on August 8-9, 2019.
From Jakarta, President Jokowi will depart for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday (08/08/2019), to hold a bilateral meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
"This is a return visit [of President Jokowi] after Mahathir made his first bilateral visit to Indonesia in June 2018, one month after he was appointed Prime Minister of Malaysia," Southeast Asia Director of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denny Abdi told a media briefing in Jakarta on Tuesday ( 8/6/2019).
The issues to be discussed by the two heads of state include access to the children of Indonesian migrant workers at the community learning center.
"There are already more than 200 community learning centers in Sabah and Sarawak, besides that we also ask for access to the peninsula," Denny said, quoted by Antara.
President Jokowi and PM Mahathir will also discuss the progress of border negotiations, both on land and at sea.
In addition to the two issues, issues that are more complex in nature between Indonesia and Malaysia will be further discussed at the annual consultation meeting between the two countries, which will be held in Indonesia this year.
After Malaysia, President Jokowi will go to Singapore on Friday (9/8) to attend the 54th Anniversary of Singapore's Independence Day, which would also be attended by leaders of allied countries, namely Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.
"Together with the Sultan of Brunei and the Prime Minister of Malaysia, the Indonesian President has been invited to commemorate Singapore's independence," said Acting Foreign Ministry Spokesman Teuku Faizasyah.
In Singapore, President Jokowi will witness a series of parades and performances that are displayed to celebrate Singapore's independence which falls every 9 August.
"There will be no substantial discussion (during the visit), because the president's visit is very short. He will not stay in Singapore," Denny said, as reported by Antara.