Japan-Indonesia Relations

October 13, 2020

On October 13, commencing at around 4:25 p.m. for approximately 10 minutes, Mr. SUGA Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit telephone talk with H.E. Mr. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia. The overview of the talk is as follows.

1. At the outset, Prime Minister Suga mentioned that he wishes to build an excellent relationship with President Joko and strengthen Japan’s “Strategic Partnership” with Indonesia, a country that shares basic values and historical ties in a wide range of fields with Japan. In response, President Joko offered his congratulations on Prime Minister Suga’s appointment to office, and also stated that he hopes to further develop relations with Japan as an important partner.

2. Prime Minister Suga asserted that Japan continues to promote a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)” and pledged his full support for the “ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP),” which Indonesia is promoting. He also spoke of his intent to deepen the cooperation between Japan and Indonesia in fields such as infrastructure development, human resource development, and maritime security. In response, President Joko stated that he wish to work closely together closely on various regional issues.

3. The two leaders affirmed their coordination towards the ASEAN Summit, and Prime Minister Suga asked for Indonesia’s cooperation in responding to North Korea, including the abductions issue.

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