Indonesian and Japanese Foreign Ministers Discuss Bilateral Cooperation in the G20

Indonesian and Japanese Foreign Ministers Discuss Bilateral Cooperation in the G20

 

Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu has held a bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister Retno L. P. Marsudi at the G20 foreign meeting in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan, Friday 22 November 2019. The meeting began at 17:25 local time for approximately 25 minutes.   At the beginning of the meeting, Foreign Minister Motegi expressed his congratulations on the reinstatement of Foreign Minister Retno, and said that based on the results of the summit some time ago, Japan was determined to increase active cooperation in the field of infrastructure development and human resource development which was set as a priority for President Joko Widodo's administration II.   Responding to this matter, Foreign Minister Retno also expressed his congratulations on the inauguration of Foreign Minister Motegi and Japan's success as chairman of the G20 this year. Foreign Minister Retno said that President Joko Widodo was committed to strengthening relations with Japan so that four Indonesian Ministers, including himself, had visited or were visiting Japan this week. Furthermore, in a press statement received by Medcom.id, the two parties also exchanged opinions on cooperative exchanges of citizens, including the reception of Indonesian human resources in Japan.   On this occasion, both parties have agreed to work together for the implementation of the repatriation of the framework of Japanese soldiers who died in Indonesia during the Second World War. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Motegi also asked Foreign Minister Retno that the ban on imports of Japanese food products be lifted as soon as possible.   Next, the two sides discussed regional situation issues, including the South China Sea issue and made sure to continue cooperation. Foreign Minister Motegi also said that Japan supports the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP). Foreign Minister Retno welcomed this.   In addition, Foreign Minister Motegi expressed Japan's determination to strengthen cooperation in the maritime sector through the implementation of the development of the outer islands and technical partnership with BAKAMLA on a steady basis. The two parties also exchanged opinions on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement.

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