Indonesia Invites Australia to Establish Inclusive Cooperation in Indo-Pacific Region
Australia and ASEAN play an important role in building a stable, peaceful, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region since Australia was the first dialogue partner that established a comprehensive strategic partnership with ASEAN, according to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
“ASEAN and Australia also share common concern on the importance of international law. I call on Australia to have common view on the importance of inclusive cooperation since inclusiveness is critical to strengthen strategic trust,” the President said at the 2nd annual ASEAN-Australia Summit at the Sokha Hotel, Phnom Penh, Saturday (12/11).
On that occasion, the President addressed three things related to the strengthening of ASEAN-Australia cooperation
First, ASEAN and Australia must continuously establish concrete cooperation in Indo-Pacific-related matters.
“I believe that ASEAN-Australia can immediately take part in several pilot projects of the 4 cooperation priorities listed in the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific. In this regard, as the ASEAN Chairman for 2023, Indonesia calls for Australia’s participation in the Indo-Pacific Infrastructure Forum,” he said.
Second, Australia could serve as a bridge to strengthen communication between ASEAN and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). Therefore, Indonesia encourages ASEAN Secretariat and PIF to establish communication.
“Third, on bilateral note, I invite Australia to attend and contribute to the Indonesia-Pacific Forum for Development meeting, which will primarily focus on economic cooperation and development in the Pacific region,” the President remarked.
Closing his remarks, President Jokowi underscored the importance of ASEAN-Australia’s role to make the Pacific region as the epicenter of growth. (BPMI of Presidential Secretariat/AIT) (RIF/MMB)