Jakarta (ANTARA) - President of the United States, Joe Biden, in a message conveyed by the US Embassy in Jakarta, congratulated Indonesian President Joko Widodo on the 78th anniversary of Indonesia's independence.

"On behalf of the people of the United States, I extend our heartfelt wishes to you and the people of Indonesia as you celebrate 78 years of independence," Biden said in a written message to President Widodo, according to a statement received by ANTARA from the US Embassy on Wednesday.

The strategic partnership between Indonesia and the United States is advancing their shared democratic principles and the security and prosperity of their people, he added.

"Together, our countries are promoting a bright and resilient future in a free and open Indo-Pacific," he said.

Indonesia and the United States are working together to address global challenges like climate change and the protection of the environment, he highlighted.

"We are strengthening the people-to-people ties that form the basis of our partnership," he added.

Biden also praised Indonesia's leadership of the ASEAN and expressed support for the 2023 ASEAN theme, "ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth."

"I look forward to further deepening and expanding our cooperation and friendship in the year ahead," he said in his message.

"Congratulations on this joyous Indonesian Independence Day," he added.

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