Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Government of Indonesia has expressed appreciation to the Government of New Zealand (NZ) for supporting the mechanism of Bali Process, in order to overcome human trafficking crimes.

The appreciation was conveyed by Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi during a meeting with the Immigration Minister of New Zealand, Iain Lees-Galloway, according to a statement received by Antara here on Tuesday.

Marsudi met Lees-Galloway on the sidelines of the 7th Bali Process Ministerial Conference in Nusa Dua, Bali.

The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Directorate General of International Security and Disarmament, organizes the Seventh Bali Process Ministerial Conference on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crimes (BPMC VII) in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Aug 6 and 7.

Representatives of 45 member countries and three international organizations, namely the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), participated in the conference.

The Bali Process conference was aimed at discussing issues related to people smuggling, trafficking, and other transnational crimes.

In addition, the conference was also expected to be a forum for parties to discuss joint efforts to tackle people smuggling and trafficking in the region.

Editing by Libertina Widyamurti Ambari, Yoshep Hariyadi

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