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July 23, 2014

On July 23, commencing at 6:35 p.m. for approximately 10 minutes, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held telephone talks with Ir. H. Joko Widodo, President-elect of the Republic of Indonesia. The overview of the talks is as follows.

1. Prime Minister Abe stated as follows:

(1) Congratulations on winning the election. The election was a close contest and the fact that it was carried out smoothly demonstrates the maturity of Indonesia’s democracy to the world, which is pleasing.

(2) Japan and Indonesia are strategic partners sharing fundamental values such as freedom and democracy, and amid the changing regional security environment the roles the two countries fulfill in bringing peace and prosperity to the region are becoming increasingly important.

(3) On the economic front also, the two countries have a win-win relationship of cooperating and growing together, and the Government of Japan’s consistent intention is to support the development of Indonesia and grow together. I want to cooperate on further developing the strategic partnership.

(4) I invite you to visit Japan soon following your presidential inauguration, and am looking forward to working together with you in the future.

2. President-elect Joko stated as follows:

(1) Thank you for the congratulatory telephone call. I rate Indonesia’s relationship with Japan highly, and intend to cooperate on making the two countries’ strategic partnership even closer.

(2) Thank you for the invitation. I hope to visit Japan soon.

(* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of the original in Japanese.)
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