President Jokowi departs for New Zealand

President Jokowi departs for New Zealand

City of Wellington, New Zealand. (wikipedia.org/flickr)

Sydney (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana left here, Sunday, for New Zealand for a two-day state visit.

Members of the presidential entourage joining the visit to New Zealand included Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto and Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi.

His agenda in Wellington will include a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, a visit to New Zealand`s Parliament, and a dialog with Indonesian community living in that country.

President Jokowi attended the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit held in Sydney on March 16-18, 2018.

Themed "Enhancing Regional Security and Prosperity", the three-day summit discussed issues related to regional security, economic relations as well as counter-terrorism measures so as to further tighten the relationship between Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

On Sunday, he was present in the summit`s plenary session and retreat meeting held at the Admiralty House in Kirribilli.

During the retreat meeting, the Indonesian Head of State conveyed three proposals on ASEAN-Australia cooperation.

"First, ASEAN-Australia must make contribution in creating a new economic growth hub in the Indian Ocean," Jokowi said.

Second, ASEAN and Australia need to develop an effective mechanism including with countries in the Indian Ocean in the fields of security, maritime safety, search and rescue (SAR), and protection of marine natural resources, President Jokowi stated.

The third proposal is cooperation in strengthening the centrality of ASEAN, including in developing the regional architecture.

"The centrality of ASEAN has never become a threat to anyone. The centrality of ASEAN will in fact nourish the habit of having dialogs and cooperation," the President said.

President Jokowi expressed his hope that cooperation in the Indian Ocean region could be integrated with the Pacific region, so it could lead to an Indo-Pacific regional architecture, which is open, inclusive, transparent, and upholding the international law.

reported by Desca Lidya Natalia
(T.SYS/A/F001/F001)

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