Visiting Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday agreed on Thursday that bilateral relations between Argentina and Indonesia were becoming increasingly more strategic.
“Our two nations are both members of the G20 [The Group of 20] and are emerging nations that have led with extraordinary economic growth in the past decade,” Kirchner said in a joint press conference at the State Palace.
She stated that both countries can positively contribute to global development, and added, “On the matter of investment, our governments can cooperate through joint ventures and other [endeavors].”
Yudhoyono, speaking at the same occasion, aired conviction that the visit by his Argentine counterpart would enhance collaboration between the two countries.
“This is a historical visit and we are certain that we will be able to increase our cooperation... in the future,” the Indonesian president said.
He noted that the two countries have bolstered their ties and their coordination over the past two years.
Additionally, Yudhoyono said that Argentina and Indonesia have agreed to share their respective experiences and facilitate sustainable communication on the matter of food security.
Kirchner is the 55th president of Argentina and also the country’s first female head of state. A lawyer by qualification, she is also the widow of former president Nestor Kirchner and was formerly a senator in Santa Cruz and Buenos Aires.
She was reelected to a second term in October 2011.
The meeting between the two leaders was delayed by a few hours due to the floods that have paralyzed the Indonesian capital since early Thursday.
Kirchner, who arrived in Jakarta on Wednesday, is also scheduled to lay a wreath during the Kalibata heroes cemetery, visit the National Museum and meet with a number of key Indonesian business people.
The Argentinian president came accompanied by a large business delegation of more than 200 executives
Argentina is the second-largest importer of Indonesian goods in South America after Brazil. Indonesia, meanwhile, is Argentina’s biggest trading partner in Southeast Asia.
Bilateral trade between Argentina and Indonesia reached $1.94 billion in 2011. As of October of last year, trade between the two countries was measured at $1.67 billion..