Jakarta: Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan along with the Indonesian Ambassador to the United States (US) Muhammad Lutfi was received by US President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday.
During the meeting, the US President was accompanied by his advisors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump and the CEO of US International Development Finance Corporation (IDFC) Adam Boehler.
As the special envoy of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), Coordinating Minister Luhut conveyed the Indonesian government's gratitude and appreciation for bilateral cooperation between the two countries, including specifically the extension of Generalized System of Preference (GSP) facility for Indonesia's exports to the US.
"On behalf of President Joko Widodo, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to President Donald Trump," said Coordinating Minister Luhut in a press release on Wednesday.
"Whatever the official results of the US elections, friendships need to be maintained. We will always be friends. I also hope that good communication like this with the White House can also be established after January 2021," he stated.
In Washington DC, Coordinating Minister Luhut was also welcomed by the US Vice President Mike Pence in his office.
During the meeting, Pence offered joint vaccine production cooperation between US and Indonesian companies.
Meanwhile at a separate meeting with US National Security Advisor (NSA) Robert O'Brien, Coordinating Minister Luhut discussed strategic collaborations between the two countries in the fields of defense and technology, as well as exchanging views on global geopolitics.