Indonesia-Australia Reach Agreement on IA-CEPA

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  • Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrived in Australia for the CEO Summit on February 25, 2017. AP Photo

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrived in Australia for the CEO Summit on February 25, 2017. AP Photo

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaIndonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Australian Prime Minister Scott Marrison have reached an agreement on Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) at a meeting in Bogor on Friday. They witnessed the signing of a joint declaration of IA-CEPA.

    The declaration was signed by Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukito and Australian Minister for Trade and Investment Simon Birmingham and a Memorandum of Understanding by Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and Simon Birmingham. "At the meeting I stated the Indonesian commitment to promoting bilateral relations between Indonesia and Australia. Australia is an important partner for ASEAN," Jokowi said after the meeting at the Presidential palace in Bogor on Friday.

    The two leaders also discussed and agreed on the importance of compliance with international law and respect to the sovereignty of each other country.

    "We also agree to cooperate and expand cooperation in security including in 'cyber security'. We have strong commitment to collaboration in handling global and regional issues including terrorism," Jokowi said.

    Indonesia is the first country visited by Morrison after he took over as new Australian Prime Minister on Friday replacing Malcolm Turnbull.

    ANTARA