Netherlands is Indonesia’s Vital Partner, President Jokowi Says

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 10 Maret 2020
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President Jokowi introduces his Cabinet Ministers to King Willem-Alexander at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Tuesday (10/3). Photo by: Agung/PR.

The Netherlands is a vital partner of Indonesia, especially in the fields of trade, investment and tourism, President Joko ”Jokowi” Widodo has said.

“In the European region, the Netherlands is Indonesia’s second largest trading partner, the largest investment partner, and fourth largest tourism partner. I welcome the visit of His Majesty who is also accompanied by a large number of Dutch businessmen,” the President said during a Joint Press Statement at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Tuesday (10/3).

“King Willem-Alexander, as the crown prince, accompanied Queen Beatrix during her state visit to Indonesia in 1995. Thus, this is not his first visit to Indonesia,” the President said.

President Jokowi also said that he often meets and talks to Queen Maxima in her capacity as Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General for Inclusive Financial Affairs.

The President went on to say that this year Indonesia will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its independence which was proclaimed on 17 August, 1945.

“In its 75 years, Indonesia continues to be a part of problem solvers for world problems, to contribute to world peace and prosperity amidst an uncertain and a highly dynamics world,” he said. The uncertainty, he added, can be reduced if countries in the world maintain mutually beneficial cooperation and mutual respect.

During the visit of the King, according to the President, the two countries had signed various intergovernmental cooperation. “Some important new cooperation include the sustainability of cooperation in the issues of women, peace, and security, and cooperation in controlling infectious diseases,” the President explained, adding that there was also a number of cooperation in business sector, with a value of approximately US$1 billion.

“We cannot change the past, but we can learn from it. The lessons from history should strengthen our commitment to build equal relations with mutual respect and mutual benefit,” the President concluded. (FID/EN)

Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Reviewed by: Mia Medyana

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