French PM expected in RI Friday

French PM expected in RI Friday

Teuku Faizasyah. (ANTARA/Widodo S. Jusuf)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - French Prime Minister Francois Fillon will make an official visit to Indonesia from June 30 to July 2 to issue a Joint Declaration on an Indonesia-France Partnership, a presidential spokesman said.

"The official visit of the French prime minister is of great significance for increasing friendship and bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and France," the presidential spokesman for international relations, Teuku Faizasyah, said here on Tuesday.

He said the Joint Declaration on a Strategic Partnership which is expected to be agreed upon during Prime Minister Fillon`s visit would become the strong foundation for wider and more oriented cooperation between the two countries in the future.

During his visit Prime Minister Fillon would be accompanied by four ministers, namely state minister for foreign trade, minister of transportation, minister of education, youth and sports and minister of communication and culture as well as a number of parliamentary members and around 20 business figures.

The visit follows up the visit of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to France in December 2009.

During the visit it is hoped the two countries` delegations could sign a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the fields of energy and mineral resources, tourism, education, museum and volcanology.

Prime Minister Fillon is scheduled to arrive here on June 30 and will hold a private meeting with President Yudhoyono and also a bilateral meeting attended by both countries` delegations on July 1.

In honor of the French delegation. President Yudhoyono is scheduled to hold a dinner for the prime minister and his entourage.

"The visit will also deepen the two countries` relations in global forums such as G20. So far Indonesia and France have been the joint chair of the G20`s Anti-Corruption Working Group," he said.