President Jokowi Meets with Czech Foreign Affairs Minister
President Joko Jokowi Widodo on Thursday (25/2) at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, received a courtesy call from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, H.E. Mr. LubomírZaorálek.
Shortly after the talk, Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs RetnoMarsuditold reportersthat during the talk, President Jokowi and Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs talked about the latest developments in Europe, the Middle East and some other parts of the world.
The President once again underscored the importance of cooperation to spread the values of tolerance, moderation, and peace, the Minister said, adding that President Jokowi also invited the Czech Republic to cooperate with Indonesia to spread the values of peace, tolerance and moderation.
In the meantime, Retno said in her bilateral talk with her Czech counterpart at the office of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta, the two countries have agreed to sign two bilateral agreements, including the agreement to waive visa requirement for diplomatic and official passport holders as well as attempts to expedite bilateral consultation to increase people-to-people contact.
In the economic sector, Retno said that economic cooperation between Indonesia and the Czech Republic has increased.
For the record, in 2015, trade volume was around US$ 260 million; yet the figure has yet reflectedthe potentials that the two countries have.
Retno addedthat in the next several months, the Czech Republic would negotiate with the European Unionfor Indonesia through the EU comprehensive economic partnership agreement.
In the investment sector, Retno said the Czech Republic considers Indonesia is very progressive in implementing deregulation reformin the economic sector by launching 10 economic policy packages, the Minister said.
In the cultural and social sector, Retno said cooperation between the two countries would be done through exchange of student and cooperation between universities.
Until 2015, Indonesia has providedscholarships to as many as 187 Czechstudents.
Through all these measures, we hope we can increase people to people contact between the two countries in political, economic and socio-cultural fields, Retno said.
Retno further said during the visit this year,Czech Foreign Affairsthis time also brings a big delegation, including 35 business delegates.
It is planned that the delegation will also visit Yogyakarta besides Jakarta, she added.
The minister added that in the context of multilateral, it is hoped that Indonesia andthe Czech Republic to support each other.
Indonesia also asked for the support from the Czech Republicto become a permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period of 2019-2020, the Minister concluded. (DID/EN (EP/YM/Naster)