Indonesia, Australia hold bilateral meeting during UN General Assembly

Indonesia, Australia hold bilateral meeting during UN General Assembly

Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi (left) held a bilateral meeting with her Australian counterpart Marise Payne (right) on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday (25/9/2018). (Antara News/Aditya E.S. Wicaksono)

New York, (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi held a bilateral meeting with her Australian counterpart Marise Payne on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday.

The opportunity was the first time for Foreign Minister Retno to meet Marise Payne in her new position as Australian Foreign Minister replacing Julie Bishop.

Previously Foreign Minister Retno had known Payne well when the latter served as Australia's defense minister.

"This is an asset for me to continue the good collaboration that I have done with Julie Bishop and now with Maurice Payne," Retno said.

In the bilateral meeting the two ministers discussed, among others, the results of the visit of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to Indonesia last month including the issue of Australia-Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).

In addition, they also discussed about Indonesia's invitation for Australia to attend the Our Ocean Conference which will be held in Bali in October.

In general, no bilateral issues were discussed in depth, because the meeting symbolically symbolized a new partnership because Payne currently holds a portfolio as Australia's foreign minister, Retno said.

"I also thank Australia for working well with Indonesia, helping Indonesia in the collaboration of the Pacific Islands Forum and Australia always consistently emphasizes respect for Indonesia`s territorial integrity," Retno said.

Reporting by Aditya Eko Sigit Wicaksono
Editing by Othniel Tamindael, Fardah

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