Kuala Lumpur (ANTARA News) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said his country supports Indonesias infrastructure development program as it would boost the regional progress.

Indonesias development was crucial for the regional progress, therefore Japan gave its support to Indonesia continuously, Abe stated in the bilateral meeting with President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) held on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit here, Sunday.

Japan continuously establishes strategic relations with Indonesia in various issues, he added.

President Jokowi said he was pleased to see Prime Minister Abe again after meeting him in the G20 Summit in Atalya, Turkey, recently.

"Tomorrow evening, we will receive some 1,000 Japanese businessmen and prominent figures in Jakarta," Jokowi noted.

Indonesia will confer merit medals to some Japanese figures in recognition of their contribution to Indonesia, at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta.

In the bilateral meeting with Abe, Jokowi was accompanied by Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut B Panjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution, Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Resources Rizal Ramli and Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.(*)

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