Minister Marty Signs Visa-Free Agreement Between France-Indonesia

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  • Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa.  TEMPO/Natalia Santi

    Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa. TEMPO/Natalia Santi

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesia Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa has signed a Visa-free agreement for Diplomatic and Official passport Holder with France Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius last weekend. The agreement, signed during a work visit to France, is to bolster Indonesia-France Strategic Partnership 2011, as reported by Antara

    Minister Marty stated that the meeting was essential to reassert bilateral relationship commitment based in strategic partnership, as stated in the "Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership " back in 2011. Moreover, it is expected that such agreement will endorse both relation and cooperation inter government institutions and parliament in various sectors, thus being a starter in intensifying people-to-people contact structure.

    Minister Laurent Fabius also delivered similar thought and emphasized that Indonesia is essential to France as one of the key nations in the area (Asia). The two ministers then discussed a development in bilateral relation and cooperation in five priorities namely trade and investment; education; security industry; culture and tourism, and environment/climate change impact reduction.

    The two ministers welcome the business forum in 2014 and endorsed the realization of environmental cooperation in the framework of UNFCCC, in light of COP-21 meeting in Paris. Moreover, culture change, along with education, was also the subject of talk, highlighting Indonesia-France culture year of 2017.