Japan-Indonesia Relations

April 23, 2020

On April 23, commencing at around 2:15 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. ABE Shinzo, 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.

1. President Joko expressed his gratitude for Japan’s support thus far, including the government’s recent support in the repatriation of Indonesian crew members from the Diamond Princess cruise ship to Indonesia as well as their response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Prime Minister Abe expressed his condolences on the recent passing of President Joko’s mother. Prime Minister Abe also conveyed his respect for Indonesian citizens united in the fight against COVID-19 under President Joko’s leadership.

2. Prime Minister Abe explained the measures in Japan in response to COVID-19 and stated that the Japanese government will provide technical assistance to Indonesia’s healthcare professionals and assist in sending supplies to their medical facilities through international organizations such as the WHO and UNICEF. President Joko expressed his gratitude in response to this.

3. Prime Minister Abe requested cooperation in ensuring the safety of Japanese nationals and the steady operation of Japanese companies in Indonesia. President Joko responded by stating his intention to cooperate.

4. Prime Minister Abe also sought cooperation for the stable exportation of medical supplies to Japan, including medical gowns.

5. Both leaders affirmed that addressing COVID-19 is a matter of the highest priority and agreed to cooperate closely in order to overcome this challenge together.

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