Indonesian premier arrives in Malaysia for annual bilateral talks
( dpa ) - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono arrived Thursday in Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur for the annual consultation with his Malaysian counterpart Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Yudhoyono, accompanied by his wife, Ani Bambang Yudhoyono, and a 150-member delegation comprising cabinet ministers and senior government officials, was greeted on arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport by Malaysia's Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar, his wife, Sharifah Aziah Syed Zainal Abidin, senior ministry and Indonesian Embassy officials.
The Indonesian premier, who is on a three-day official visit, is scheduled to meet Abdullah Friday when they will exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual concern, the Malaysian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The meeting is also expected to centre on various outstanding bilateral issues, problems and misunderstandings that have surfaced, including that of labour and media, he added.
"We've prepared a joint statement that will be announced at a joint press conference by Abdullah and Susilo," he said.
A memorandum of understanding on Joint Trade and Investment between the two nations has also been scheduled to be signed by Malaysia's International Trade and Industry Minister Rafidah Aziz and her Indonesian counterpart.
Syed Hamid said Yudhoyono's visit bodes well for future bilateral relations between Malaysia and Indonesia.