Press Statement of President of the Republic of Indonesia in Bali Province, November 14, 2022
This morning, I, together with President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, inaugurated the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Solo. The mosque symbolizes brotherhood and friendship between the people of Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates. From Solo, I headed back to Bali to hold a number of bilateral meetings today.
President Joe Biden, We truly appreciate the support of the US to Indonesia’s G20 presidency. I hope for the US’ flexibility during the discussion of declaration. We must strengthen economic cooperation through Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment and the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework. We encourage the role of the United States in realizing peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.
During a meeting with Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida, the support of the Japanese Government is essential for the success of Indonesia’s G20 Presidency. We also seek support from Japan in expanding access to Indonesia’s tropical fruit market and the completion of several strategic projects, including the MRT in Jakarta. We are also exploring opportunities for concrete cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, including the Indonesia-Japan-Pacific triangular cooperation.
In a meeting with President of the European Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen, I encouraged the realization of energy transition cooperation and the progress of negotiations of the Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EU CEPA). I expressed concern for trade discrimination against Indonesian products and invited the European Union to become a peace partner in the Indo-Pacific.
Then, in a bilateral meeting with Turkish President. I praised Turkey’s contribution to Indonesia’s G20 Presidency and appreciated Turkey’s role in reviving the Black Sea Grain Initiative. We must immediately find a peaceful solution to the war in Ukraine and encourage the strengthening of Indonesia-Turkey economic cooperation, including opening market access for agricultural products and collaboration between Indonesian and Turkish defense industries.
During a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister, Australia’s support is essential for Indonesia’s G20 Presidency. To that end, the G20 Summit must produce a useful outcome document. We also encouraged the implementation of the IA-CEPA, including expanding opportunities for Indonesian citizens to work in Australia and Australian investment in infrastructure and energy transition. It will strengthen cooperation during Indonesia’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2023, including on Indo-Pacific issues.
I thank you.