President Jokowi Receives Honorable Visit of Serbian Foreign Affairs Minister
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo received honorable visit of Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selakovic and limited delegation at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, on Monday (05/23). Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi in her statement after the meeting said that Indonesia is one of important partners for Serbia, therefore the cooperations between both countries should be enhanced.
“Serbian counterpart said that Indonesia is one of the most respected partners by Serbia, and Serbia is committed to continuously enhance the relations with Indonesia,” Minister Retno said after accompanying President Jokowi in the meeting.
One of the cooperations discussed in the meeting is Serbian commitment, as one of the largest wheat producers in Europe, to continuously export wheat to Indonesia. Moreover, Serbian Foreign Affairs Minister will also meet a number of Indonesian businesspersons or State-Owned Enterprises to discuss further the commitment.
“Hence, the detail will be discussed further this afternoon,” Minister Retno revealed.
Beside wheat, President Jokowi and Serbia’s Foreign Affairs Minister also discussed an issue concerning the export of crude palm oil (CPO) from Indonesia to Serbia that has been incresing from time to time. According to Minister Retno, today, Serbia’s CPO import from Indonesia has reached to 30 percent.
“So, 30 percent of Serbia’s CPO import is from Indonesia,” Minister Retno said.
Lastly, President Jokowi and Serbian Foreign Affairs Minister also discussed Serbia’s wish to employ Indonesian semi-skilled workers to fill job opportunities in some areas, such as construction, food and beverage, and hotel industry.
“Once again, wheat, CPO, and cooperation in the framework of employing Indonesian workers in Serbia,” she emphasized.
Accompanying President Jokowi during the meeting was Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung. (Bureau of Press, Media, and Information of Presidential Secretariat/AIT)(AW/HD)