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At the end of August, Batam - Singapore Economic and Tourism Route Will be Opened Gradually

At the end of August 2020, Indonesian and Singopore agreed to opening of economic, tourism and social routes at the border of the two countries.

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Illustration. Singapore and Indonesia agreed to gradually open tourist, economic and social routes at the end of August. 

Editor: Putri Larasati Anggiawan

TRIBUNBATAM.id, BATAM - Good news for Batam and Riau Islands residents.

At the end of August 2020, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Singapore Foreign Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan agreed to follow up on the gradual opening of economic, tourism and social routes at the border of the two countries.

The policy, which is termed the Green Lane Reciprocal will reopen access after more than five months of closure.

Batam, Tanjungpinang, two main cities on the closest Indonesia-Singapore border, are included in this Green Lane Reciprocal scenario.

Besides meeting with Vivian, on the same day, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi was also treated to lunch by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Palace, Orchad area, Singapore.

Lee Hsien and Retno discussed strengthening cooperation to address the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, and encouraging further bilateral discussions between officials.

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Retno has been in Singapore since Monday (24/8/2020).

This official trip, which ends Wednesday (26/8) today, is to fulfill the invitation from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, early July.

This is Retno's first overseas trip to a neighboring country, five months after the pandemic.

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Penulis: Putri Larasati Anggiawan
Editor: Putri Larasati Anggiawan
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