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Japan-Indonesia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

November 22, 2019
Two ministers shaking hands
Japan-Indonesia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

On Friday, November 22, commencing at 5:25 p.m. for approximately 25 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with H.E. Ms. Retno L.P. Marsudi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, who is visiting Japan to attend the G20 Aichi-Nagoya Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Motegi offered his congratulations on Minister Retno’s reappointment as Foreign Minister. Minister Motegi also expressed Japan’s intention to cooperate proactively on the priority issues of the second Joko administration, including infrastructure development and human resource development, following up on the recent bilateral summit meeting. In response, Minister Retno expressed her congratulations on Minister Motegi’s appointment as Foreign Minister, and Japan’s successful G20 presidency. Minister Retno also stated that President Joko Widodo committed to strengthening relationship with Japan, and that four ministers including Minister Retno had visited Japan within this week.
  2. The Ministers exchanged views on people-to-people exchange including receiving human resources from Indonesia.
  3. The Ministers shared the view that they will cooperate toward resuming the project for collecting the remains of Japanese soldiers who died in Indonesia, as was confirmed at the recent summit meeting. In addition, Minister Motegi asked for an early removal of Indonesia’s import restrictions on Japanese food products.
  4. The Ministers also exchanged views and confirmed cooperation regarding the regional situation, such as the South China Sea issue. Minister Motegi stated that Japan supports the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific [AOIP], and Minister Retno welcomed Japan’s support. Minister Motegi stated that Japan will steadily extend supports for the development of Indonesia’s remote islands and technical cooperation for the Indonesia National Coast Guard (BAKAMLA), as well as enhance cooperation in the maritime field.
  5. The Ministers also exchanged views on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

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