Indonesia, Australia reach agreement on IA-CE:PA

Indonesia, Australia reach agreement on IA-CE:PA

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (right) and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left) chat after holding bilateral talks at the Bogor Presidential Palace, on Friday (Aug 31, 2018). (ANTARA FOTO/Hafidz Mubarak A)

Jakarta, (ANTARA News) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Australian Prime Minister Scott Marrison have reached an agreement on Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) at a meeting in Bogor on Friday.

"At the meeting I stated the Indonesian commitment to promoting bilateral relations between Indonesia and Australia. Australia is an important partner for ASEAN," Jokowi said after the meeting at the Presidential palace in Bogor on Friday.

Jokowi and Morrison witnessed the signing of a joint declaration of IA-CEPA by Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukito and Australian Minister for Trade and Investment Simon Birmingham and a Memorandum of Understanding by Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and Simon Birmingham.

"We welcome expansion of relations of comprehensive partnership into comprehensive strategic partnership," Jokowi said.

The two leaders also discussed and agreed on the importance of compliance with international law and respect to the sovereignty of each other country.

"We also agree to cooperate and expand cooperation in security including in `cyber security`. We have strong commitment to collaboration in handling global and regional issues including terrorism," Jokowi said.

Indonesia is the first country visited by Morrison after he took over as new Australian Prime Minister on Friday replacing Malcolm Turnbull.

Reporting by Desca Lidya Natalia
Editing by Albert Saragih, Bustanudin
 

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