Indonesia-Philippines Agree to Bolster Bilateral Ties

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 10 Januari 2024
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President Jokowi meets with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at Malacañang Palace, Manila, the Philippines, Wednesday (01/10). (Photo by: Presidential Secretariat’s Bureau of Press, Media, and Information/BPMI)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said that the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and the Philippines is a momentum to strengthen concrete cooperation between the two countries in various fields.

“In political and security fields, we agree to strengthen border cooperation and I have emphasized the importance of accelerating the revision of the border patrol agreement, border crossing agreement, settlement of the continental shelf boundary, and strengthening defense cooperation, including the reinforcement of primary weapons system,” said President Jokowi in a joint press statement with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at Malacañang Palace, Manila, the Philippines, Wednesday (01/10).

In economic sector, the two countries agreed to continue opening market access as an effort to increase trade between them. In particular, the President also sought support from the Philippines regarding security measures for Indonesia’s coffee products.

“We agree to continue opening market access and Indonesia seeks support from the Philippines regarding special safeguard measures for Indonesia’s coffee products,” he said.

Regarding regional cooperation, Indonesia and the Philippines agreed to strengthen ASEAN unity and centrality. The President emphasized that ASEAN must continue to adhere to the principles of international law.

“We agree on the importance of strengthening ASEAN unity and centrality which is not just jargon, and ASEAN must continue to adhere to the principles of international law and maintain positive force for peace, stability and prosperity,” he said.

On this occasion, the President also expressed his appreciation for the Philippines’ trust in Indonesian state-owned enterprises to build important infrastructure in the country. President Jokowi encouraged immediate completion of the Philippines’ North-South Commuter Railway Project that also involve Indonesian state-owned enterprises.

“It is important to accelerate the groundbreaking of the North-South Commuter Railway Project,” stressed the President. (FID/UN) (TM/MMB)

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