Japan-Indonesia Relations

July 13, 2023
Foreign Minister Hayashi shakes hand with Indonesian Foreign Minister
(Photo) Japan-Indonesia Foreign Minister’s Meeting

On July 13, commencing at 0:40 p.m. local time (July 13, 2:40 p.m. Japan Time) for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, visiting Indonesia to attend the ASEAN-related Foreign Ministers’ Meetings, held a Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with H.E. Ms. Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia. The overview is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Hayashi expressed his respect for Indonesia’s efforts as the ASEAN chair, and stated that he would like to further strengthen the bilateral relations with Indonesia while touching upon the 50th Year of Japan-ASEAN Friendship and Cooperation and the 65th Anniversary of the Japan-Indonesia diplomatic relations this year. Minister Hayashi also stated that he would like to continue to support Indonesia’s efforts to mainstream “ASEAN Outlook on the IndoPacific(AOIP)” in order to uphold and strengthen the international order based on the rule of law. In response, Minister Retno expressed her intention to continue to work closely with Minister Hayashi in strengthening the bilateral relations and responding to the regional and international situation.
  2. Minister Hayashi expressed his intention to advance cooperation in various fields, including maritime cooperation such as maritime law enforcement capacity building, and support for Indonesia’s capital relocation plan. In response, Minister Retno stated that she would like to enhance bilateral cooperation with Japan.
  3. The two ministers exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine, the situation in the East and South China Seas, the situation in Myanmar, and the response to North Korea on the nuclear and missile issues, including an ICBM-class ballistic missile launched by North Korea on July 12, as well as the abductions issue. The two ministers confirmed to continue cooperation in tackling these issues.

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