Australian PM to discuss IA-CEPA with Indonesian President

Australian PM to discuss IA-CEPA with Indonesian President

Scott Morrison. (Reuters)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Australian Prime Minister Scott John Morrison, during a visit to Indonesia, will discuss various issues with President Joko Widodo, especially on the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA).

Indonesia`s Foreign Affairs Minister Retno L. P. Marsudi stated at the Bogor Presidential Palace on Thursday that Morrison will pay a visit to Indonesia on Aug 31, a week after being sworn in as prime minister.

"Indonesia becomes the first country to be visited shortly after he became prime minister," Marsudi remarked.

Morrison`s visit can be viewed as Australia`s commitment to intensifying bilateral ties with Indonesia.

The IA-CEPA are among the issues to be discussed during the visit.

"One of the issues to be discussed is still in the context of how to finalize the negotiations on the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Partnership Agreement. However, most of it has been completed," she added.

The visit will demonstrate Australia`s commitment to further enhancing cooperation with Indonesia, Marsudi noted.

"As of today, we are still negotiating matters not related to the IA-CEPA. Just wait, whether negotiations in other sectors could be completed," he added.

Reporting by Hanni Sofia

Editing by Sri Haryati )