Steinmeier visits Singapore and Indonesia

Germany’s federal president has arrived in the Southeast Asian city state and plans to travel on from there to Indonesia. Steinmeier describes countries as “close and reliable partners”.

Steinmeier besucht Singapur und Indonesien
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Singapore (dpa) - German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier began a two-day visit to Singapore on Tuesday. His visit commenced with a meeting with Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan in the Southeast Asian city state. This is Steinmeier’s first major trip abroad of his second term in office. The federal president was re-elected in February. A state visit to Indonesia is scheduled for Thursday and Friday. The topics of discussion will include the Ukraine war and its consequences for the world order. The shaping of economic relations will also be discussed.

“Singapore and Indonesia are close and reliable partners of Germany and Europe,” Steinmeier told the German Press Agency. “Like us, they strive for fair, rules-based trade and are involved in international bodies. What is more, they have adopted a clear stance on the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine.”

Indonesia currently holds the presidency of the Group of 20 leading industrialised and emerging economies (G20), while Germany holds the G7 presidency. The German government has invited Indonesia to attend the G7 summit in Elmau, Bavaria, at the end of June.