Jakarta: Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has confirmed that Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Sega will visit Indonesia on October 20-21.
"The visit is part of Prime Minister Suga's first overseas trip after taking office. Prime Minister Suga will also visit Vietnam which currently serves as Chair of ASEAN," said Indonesia's top diplomat during a virtual press briefing on Friday evening.
"Indonesia of course warmly welcomes the planned visit. This visit shows Japan's commitment to continue to improve bilateral relations with Indonesia," the Indonesian foreign minister stated.
According to her, the bilateral meeting between the Japanese prime minister and Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will discuss a wide range of issues, including covid-19 pandemic, economic cooperation, ASEAN and Indo-Pacific concept.
During a recent telephone talk between the two leaders, Prime Minister Suga mentioned that he wishes to build an excellent relationship with President Jokowi and strengthen Japan’s strategic partnership with Indonesia, a country that shares basic values and historical ties in a wide range of fields with Japan.
In response, President Jokowi offered his congratulations on Prime Minister Suga’s appointment to office and also stated that he hopes to further develop relations with Japan as an important partner.
In addition, Prime Minister Suga asserted that Japan continues to promote a Free and Open Indo-Pacific and pledged his full support for the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP), which Indonesia is promoting.
He also spoke of his intent to deepen the cooperation between Japan and Indonesia in fields such as infrastructure development, human resource development, and maritime security.