President Jokowi Hopes ASEAN-Canada Partnership to Bring Greater Benefits for People

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 6 September 2023
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President Jokowi during a photo session with ASEAN-Canada leaders before the ASEAN-Canada Summit at Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), Jakarta, Wednesday (09/06). (Photo by: The 2023 ASEAN Summit Media Centre/Zabur Karuru/foc)

Following an agreement to become strategic partners, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo expressed hope for ASEAN-Canada’s partnership to bring greater benefits for the people in the region.

“On this day, the ASEAN-Canada’s partnership has entered a new phase as strategic partners. Welcome to ASEAN’s big family, PM Trudeau. Hopefully, our cooperation will bring greater benefits to our people and the region,” the President stated during the ASEAN-Canada Summit on Wednesday (09/06) at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), Jakarta.

President Jokowi stated that Canada has been ASEAN’s strategic partner in strengthening food security, industrial downstreaming, as well as open and fair trade in the region. He also expressed hope that the strategic partnership between ASEAN and Canada can enhance cooperation within Indo-Pacific region.

“As Canada’s strategic partner, I wish it to be an anchor of regional peace and stability that complies with international law and encourages more concrete and inclusive cooperation, especially in the Indo-Pacific region,” the President said.

On the same occasion, PM of Canada Justin Trudeau also warmly welcomed the strategic partnership between Canada and ASEAN.

“Canada is a Pacific nation. The Indo-Pacific is our neighborhood. This partnership carries a special meaning for us and Canada highly respects ASEAN’s centrality in the region,” he said.

In addition, PM Trudeau added that Canada’s Indo-Pacific strategy is aligned with ASEAN’s outlook on the Indo-Pacific.

“We have a clear commitment to peace and stability, openness and transparency toward development and economic cooperation, and understand that international rules are essential for our growth,” PM Trudeau stated. (TGH/UN) (SI/FI)

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