Indonesian, Germany`s finance ministers discuss bilateral issues

Indonesian, Germany`s finance ministers discuss bilateral issues

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) shaking hands with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Indonesia State Palace, Jakarta, on Monday (November 3, 2014). Minister Steinmeier before meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi. (ANTARA/Andika Wahyu)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi held a meeting with her visiting German counterpart, Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Monday to discuss bilateral issues.

"We were discussing ways to strengthen bilateral ties between Indonesia and Germany," Germanys Foreign Affairs Minister Steinmeier noted after the Monday meeting.

During his visit to Jakarta, Steinmeier was accompanied by delegates from Germanys parliament and representatives handling economic and cultural issues.

According to Steinmeier, Germany was keen to assist Indonesia in developing its maritime sector, which is in line with President Joko Widodos agenda. Steinmeier and his delegates had even visited the Sunda Kelapa and Tanjung Priok ports in Jakarta to oversee the existing infrastructure.

Steinmeier arrived in Jakarta, on Saturday, (Nov. 1) night and is expected to leave Indonesia on Monday, (Nov. 3) night.

(Reporting by Bayu Prasetyo/translating and editing by Amie Fenia Arimbi/INE/KR-BSR/O001)