Indonesian FM, EU High Representative Meet in Jakarta

    Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 02 June 2021 16:34 WIB
    Indonesian FM, EU High Representative Meet in Jakarta
    EU was Indonesia's third largest trade partner in 2020 (Photo:MoFA)

    Jakarta: Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi received the European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Securiy Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell at her office in Central Jakarta on Wednesday.

    "This is his first visit to Indonesia," said Indonesia's top diplomat during a joint press statement after the bilateral meeting.


    "The European Union is one of Indonesia's important partners. In 2020, the European Union was Indonesia's third largest trade partner," she stated.

    From Tuesday to Friday, Borrell will hold discussions with the Indonesian government and will have meetings at the headquarters of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 

    According to the regional bloc, the visit demonstrates the EU's wish to deepen relations with Indonesia, one of the world's largest democracies and economies, which will hold the G20 Presidency in 2022 and the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2023. 

    The visit also comes in light of the upgrade of EU-ASEAN relations to a Strategic Partnership, the recent adoption of Council Conclusions on an EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, and ongoing efforts to address the military coup and the ensuing political crisis in Myanmar.

    Besides Retno, Borrell will meet President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto,  Chair of Commission on Foreign Relations of House of Representatives (DPR) Meutya Hafid and Chairman of the Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Fadli Zon.

    While in Indonesia, the High Representative will also meet the Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Lim Jock Hoi, and the ASEAN Committee of Permanent Representatives. 

    During his visit, the High Representative will inaugurate the new premises of the EU Delegation to Indonesia and, following the enhancement of EU-ASEAN relations to a strategic partnership, oversee the official upgrade of the EU Mission to ASEAN to a fully-fledged EU Delegation. 

    On Thursday, he will give a speech at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies on the EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.


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