Regional Councilor Regrets Yudhoyono-Abbot Meeting in Batam

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President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (right) received the Australian Prime Minister's state visit Tony Abbott (left) at the State Palace, Jakarta, Monday (30/9). The visit is the first overseas visit since Abbott was sworn in on 18 September 2013.(ANTA

Batam, Riau Islands, June 4 (Antara) - Deputy Chairman of Batam's Regional Legislative Assembly (DPRD) Ruslan Kasbulatov regrets the meeting between President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Batam.

"We regret the meeting, which is being held in Batam. Probably, they think Batam is safe, so they have chosen it as the venue of the meeting," Ruslan remarked here on Wednesday.

He said that the Indonesian people, particularly the Batam people, were still hurt by Australia's measures of wiretapping the Indonesian telecommunications.

Ruslan also regretted the Batam City mayor's overenthusiastic approach towards Tony Abbott's visit to Batam.

"Where is our dignity? Australia is yet to apologize to Indonesia, but he is now welcomed in that way," he said.

Ruslan regretted the Mayor's statement wherein he said that Batam was proud of being selected as the venue for the meeting between Yudhoyono and Abbott.

"The mayor has no dignity. I hope the statement is his personal statement and not in the name of the city regional government," he added.

Earlier, Batam Mayor Ahmad Dahlan stated that he was proud of the fact that his city was chosen as a place for holding the bilateral meeting between Yudhoyono and Abbott and between Yudhoyono and Singapore President Tony Tan Kem Yang.

"I can say I am proud of it," Dahlan added.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to meet Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott when they visit the Indonesian island of Batam.

The meeting will be a follow up to the telephonic conversation between the two leaders on the sidelines of the Open Government Partnership Conference held in Bali on May 6, 2014, Teuku Faizasyah, President Yudhoyono's special aide for international affairs, stated in a press release on Tuesday.

"On June 5, 2014, President Yudhoyono will receive Singapore President Tony Tan Kem Yang during his working visit to Batam. President Yudhoyono will hold a banquet in honor of President Tony Tan," he added.

While in Batam, President Tony Tan will also hold a get-together of businessmen from Singapore investing in Indonesia.

"The Indonesia-Australia bilateral relations based on a comprehensive partnership can be enhanced if the two nations are able to restore mutual trust and confidence by referring to the code of conduct," he emphasized.

Meanwhile, the meeting between President Yudhoyono and President Tony Tan is expected to strengthen high-level cooperation, such as the annual leaders' retreat, he added.

The two leaders are expected to encourage the increasingly closer relations and cooperation between the two neighboring nations, he noted.  (Antara)

Reporting By YJ Naim

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