"Your Excellency, (I am) very happy that we are able to meet again today, and I laud Japan's support for Indonesia's G20 Presidency and for the support of various concrete projects," Jokowi told Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during a bilateral meeting here on Monday.
PM Kishida also praised Jokowi for welcoming him to a side meeting ahead of the implementation of the G20 Summit to be held on November 15-16.
Regarding the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Indonesia in 2023, Kishida believes that the partnership between the two countries will continue to strengthen.
"Next year (2023), Indonesia will become the chairman of ASEAN, and Japan will become the G7 Chairman. Next year also coincides with the historic 50th anniversary of ASEAN and Japan cooperation. I want to continue to work closely with Indonesia in addressing issues in the region and issues globally, including efforts to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific," the prime minister remarked.
PM Kishida and his wife Yuko Kishida arrived in Bali early Monday morning at around 12:30 a.m. local time to attend the G20 Summit.
Based on the Communication and Informatics Ministry's YouTube live stream, Kishida arrived following other G20 leaders that had landed first in Bali, including US President Joe Biden.
Heads of state and delegates and other invited guests will continue to arrive until November 15, the day before the G20 Summit on November 16.
At the I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport after landing from Cambodia on Sunday evening (November 13), President Jokowi stated that the presence of 17 leaders of G20 countries is positive news on account of the fact that the global situation is currently challenging.
Oleh : Rangga J, Kenzu/Antara
Editor : Yakop
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