Jakarta: Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi held a bilateral meeting with her Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai at Pancasila Building in Central Jakarta on Wednesday.
"We have discussed various related to ASEAN cooperation since Thailand is currently Chair of ASEAN. We have also discussed regional issues as well as bilateral relations between Indonesia and Thailand,"the Indonesian top diplomat said.
During the joint press statement, Retno reiterated Indonesia's support Thailand's chairmanship in ASEAN this year. In addition to that, Retno mentioned two important issues in Southeast Asia.
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"First is the situation in Rakhine State. The second one is the development of the ASEAN outlook on the Indo-Pacific," Retno remarked.
Retno said that the preliminary need assessment team of ASEAN will complete its mission in Rakhine State. Retno said that ASEAN member countries will hear their briefing through the Secretary General of ASEAN.
On the Indo Pacific concept, Indonesia is grateful with a full support of Thailand. Regarding the development of the Indo-Pacific cooperation, Indonesia looks forward to continuing its collaboration with Thailand.
"Indonesia will host a high level dialogue on the Indo-Pacific cooperation in Jakarta on March 20. 18 countries will be invited," Retno noted.
Indonesia and Thailand will commemorate 70th anniversary of their diplomatic relations next year. The two countries will organize joint events throughout the year.
According to Retno, Indonesia and Thailand are top rubber exporters in the World. Therefore, the two countries are committed to maintain rubber prices in international markets.
Quoting a report from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), Indonesia recorded a trade deficit of US$8.57 billion in 2018. It was the highest ever recorded by the agency.
Indonesian exports reached US$180.06 billion in 2018. The number increased by 6.65 percent compared to 2017.
Indonesian non-oil and gas exports reached US$162.65 billion last year. The number increased by 6.25 percent compared to the previous year.