The Indonesian government and the regional organization signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Mechanism of Consultation between the Government of Indonesia and the Secretariat General of the Corporation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf.
"The signing of the MoU marks the new era of cooperation between Indonesia and Gulf countries," the Indonesian minister said.
"Stability an security in the Gulf region is also part of Indonesia's national interest," she added.
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan/Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan witnessed the signing of nine MoUs in a bilateral meeting at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java last month.
The nine agreements signed were MoU on Investment Protection Improvement; MoU on Double Taxation Avoidance; MoU on Industrial Cooperation; MoU on Customs Cooperation; MoU on Tourism Cooperation; MoU on Maritime and Fisheries Cooperation; MoU on Defense Cooperation; MoU on Consular Affairs; and MoU on Cultural Cooperation.
Three Business to Business MoUs were also inked on the occasion, including an agreement between state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) on Refinery Development Master Plan (RDMP) in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan.