Japan-Indonesia Relations

May 22, 2019

 On May 22, commencing at 4:30 p.m. for approximately 10 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a telephone talk with H.E. Mr. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia. The overview of the talk is as follows. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, and Mr. Kotaro Nogami, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary and others.

  1.  At the beginning, Prime Minister Abe sincerely congratulated President Joko for winning an outstanding victory and being re-elected as president, and stated that he is very happy to able to continue working together. In addition, Prime Minister Abe stated that Indonesia is a very important partner for Japan that shares universal values with Japan such as freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Prime Minister Abe mentioned how delighted he was when the MRT in Jakarta, a symbol of infrastructural cooperation between the two countries, began operations in March. Furthermore, Prime Minister Abe stated that he looks forward to working together with President Joko to further strengthen bilateral relations, based on the recommendations listed in the report of “Project 2045,” which was created by experts from both countries on the occasion of last year’s celebrations to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Indonesia.
  2.  In response to this, President Joko thanked Prime Minister Abe for his congratulations, and stated that he is looking forward to being able to continue working together with Prime Minister Abe to strengthen the strategic partnership in the new era of “Reiwa” for the benefit of the peoples of both countries.

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