Indonesia, the Netherlands ink MoU on infectious disease control

Indonesia, the Netherlands ink MoU on infectious disease control

President Joko Widodo and the Dutch King Willem Alexander held a joint press conference at the Bogor Palace in Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday (March 10, 2020). ANTARA/Hanni Sofia/sh

Some new and important cooperation agreements, include the production of sustainable palm oil, cooperation on women peace and security, and management and control of infectious diseases
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia and the Netherlands have inked several agreements, including on infectious disease control, during the Dutch Royals' visit to Jakarta, according to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

In a joint press statement at the Bogor Palace in Bogor, West Java on Tuesday, Jokowi affirmed that both nations had agreed on several forms of cooperation.

"Some new and important cooperation agreements, include the production of sustainable palm oil, cooperation on women peace and security, and management and control of infectious diseases," Jokowi remarked.

The president has called on the Dutch King Willem Alexander, who was accompanied by Queen Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti, to intensify bilateral relations, particularly amid the current global uncertainty.

"We have borne witness to this global uncertainty. This uncertainty can be subdued if countries worldwide can forge mutual cooperation and mutual respect," he emphasized.

The recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has become one factor behind the global uncertainty.

"World peace and stability can be realized if countries in the world build relationships based on respect of other countries' integrity," he stated.

Dutch King Willem Alexander spoke of having brought along almost all his cabinet members during the visit, barring the health minister, who could not make it as he had to focus on efforts to handle the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

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"Some 110 companies have also partaken in the visit, as they realize the importance of these relations and the future of bilateral relations between Indonesia and the Netherlands," King Alexander pointed out.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima arrived in Jakarta on Monday (March 9) for a four-day state visit to Indonesia.

The Dutch Royals were welcomed by President Jokowi and First Lady Iriana at the presidential palace in Bogor.

On Wednesday, the delegation will travel to Yogyakarta where they will be received by the Sultan of Yogyakarta at his palace Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat and thereafter visit the temple complex of Prambanan, the largest Hindu Javanese temple complex in Indonesia.

They will also observe nature conservation at the Sebangau National Park in Central Kalimantan and Lake Toba in North Sumatra.
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