Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) and Indonesian President Joko Widodo attend the press conference during the Leaders' Retreat held in Singapore, on Sept. 7, 2017. Indonesian President Joko Widodo is in Singapore on a Leaders' Retreat with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, as Singapore and Indonesia mark 50 years of bilateral ties. (Xinhua/Then Chih Wey)
SINGAPORE, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- A crowd of about 1,800 Indonesian people gathered at the Indonesian embassy in Singapore on Wednesday evening to try catching a glimpse of their President Joko Widodo, the Straits Times reported.
President Widodo is in the city-state on a Leaders' Retreat with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, as Singapore and Indonesia mark 50 years of bilateral ties. The visit will last from September 6 to September 7.
A series of activities to commemorate the milestone has been organized. On Thursday, a fly-past by fighter jets from Singapore and Indonesia will be witnessed by Lee Hsien Loong and Joko Widodo in the afternoon. It will be a highlight of the retreat, as the F-16s will form the numeral 50 in a historical first that involves aircraft from the two air forces, to mark the golden jubilee of bilateral relations.
The two leaders will exchange views on regional and international developments, review the progress of bilateral relations, and explore new economic collaboration, security cooperation and cultural exchanges during the retreat. They will also follow up on discussions from last year's retreat, in the areas of energy, digital economy, tourism and skills training.
Lee and Widodo will attend the Singapore-Indonesia Investment Forum, where they will also meet members of the Indonesia-Singapore Business Council.