Japan-Indonesia Foreign Ministers' Meeting
June 27, 2019
On June 27, commencing at 12:55 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs held a foreign ministers' meeting with H.E. Ms. Retno L.P. Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, who is visiting Japan to attend G20 Osaka Summit. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the beginning, Minister Kono expressed his appreciation for Minister Retno’s attendance for the G20 Summit, and also appreciated Indonesia’s leadership in the ASEAN. Minister Kono also stated “Japan, as a democratic and maritime state like Indonesia, would like to work together to contribute to the stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region.”
Minister Retno congratulated Minister Kono for Japan’s leadership as G20 President and looked forward to working with Japan for the success of G20 Summit.
- Furthermore, Minister Kono welcomed that several documents were signed between both governments before the G20 Summit, such as (1) resumption of collection and repatriation of the remains of Japanese soldiers of WW II, (2) Grant aid for reconstruction assistance in earthquakes and tsunami affected areas in Central Sulawesi Province, (3) cooperation between the Japan Coast Guard and BAKAMLA, (4) MOC on “Specified Skilled Worker” and (5) marine plastic litter. Especially, on the resumption of collection and repatriation of the remains of Japanese soldiers, Minister Kono asked Minister Retno to instruct her officials so that the acivities would be resumed at an early stage. As to the issue of marine plastic litter, Minister Kono stated that Japan would like to advance cooperation for capacity building.