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    Indonesian President to visit Manila

    INDONESIAN President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will arrive in Manila for a two-day state visit aimed at strengthening further the political, defense and economic cooperation between the Philippines and Indonesia.
    Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda on Wednesday said President Yudhoyono will make his first bilateral visit to the country from May 22-23, upon the invitation of President Benigno S. Aquino III on January 5, 2012.
    Lacierda said the Indonesian President will be also attending Manila’s hosting of the World Economic Forum on East Asia (WEF-EA) on May 22, where he will be conferred with the Global Statesmanship Award.
    He said President Yudhoyono will witness the official turn over to Indonesia of the hosting of the 24th WEF-EA in 2015.
    The three-day WEF-EA opened on Wednesday at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.
    ”On May 23, President Yudhoyono will meet with President Aquino to discuss matters of mutual concern, including political, defense and border, maritime, economic and socio-cultural cooperation,” Lacierda said.
    He said the Indonesian President will also be conferred with the Order of Sikatuna with rank of Raja during the State Dinner to be hosted in his honor.
    Indonesia was the 13th major trading partner of the Philippines in 2013, with a total trade of USD 3.5 billion.
    There is a 9,844-strong Filipino community living and working in Indonesia.
    This year also marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Indonesia.
    This will be President Yudhoyono’s first bilateral visit to the Philippines since he became Indonesia’s President for two consecutive terms in 2004 and 2009.
    President Aquino undertook his state visit to Indonesia on March 7 to 9, 2011.
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