President Jokowi Highlights Importance of ASEAN Countries Cooperation
Date 26 Juni 2020
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has underlined the importance of strengthening regional cooperation among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries.
“Regional cooperation is essential to restore hope amid pessimism towards an effective, efficient, and fair multilateralism,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi quoting President Jokowi’s remarks after attending virtual 36th ASEAN Summit from the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java Province, Friday (26/6).
According to the Minister, President Jokowi reiterated that cooperation between ASEAN and ASEAN-led mechanisms is expected to encourage regional stability and peace in this new normal era.
“ASEAN should be a guardian so that our region will not become an arena of power projection conducted by bigger nations. The President also emphasized that ASEAN should be the subject instead of the object in global politics,” the Minister said.
For that reason, she added, ASEAN centrality and unity should be realized.
“On regional cooperation, the President stressed the importance of strengthening the ASEAN outlook on the Indo-Pacific, which prioritizes inclusiveness, cooperation, rules-based orders, and confidence-building,” the Minister added.
Also accompanying the President during the event were, among others, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi. (FID / EN)
Translated by: Syarifah Aisyah
Reviewed by: Mia Medyana