Polish President Andrzej Duda to Visit Indonesia Next Year

Poland's President Andrzej Duda looks on during a news conference after a meeting at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, January 18, 2016. (Antara Photo/Yves Herman)

By : Dion Bisara | on 9:57 AM October 18, 2016
Category : News, Foreign Affairs

[Updated at 02:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct 18, 2010]

Jakarta. Polish President Andrzej Duda plans to make visit Indonesia in 2017 in order to bolster bilateral cooperation between the two countries, a minister said last week.

Joanna Wronecka, Polish deputy foreign minister for development cooperation of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, economic diplomacy, and human rights, met with Indonesia's Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi on the sidelines of the Asean-EU Ministerial meeting in Bangkok last week.

Wronecka said  Indonesia and Poland has established thriving diplomatic relations and trade, making Indonesia one of the country's strategic partners in Asia.

Duda would travel to Indonesia accompanied by a business delegation from Poland who will look for business opportunities.

During the meeting, Indonesian and Polish governments agreed to improve connectivity between the two countries, including establishing a cooperation between flag carriers Garuda Indonesia and LOT Polish Airlines.

It is expected that the cooperation would result in a direct flight route from Warsaw to Jakarta or Denpasar, the Foreign Ministry said in the statement. The direct flight would be a boost for Indonesia's target of 45,000 Polish tourist visiting Indonesia in 2019, triple the numbers today.

Wronecka and Retno also discussed international issues in the meeting, including the latest developments in Palestine and the commitment of both countries to continue to support the Palestinians.

Poland is Indonesia's third largest trading partner in Central and Eastern Europe, with bilateral trade value reaching $508 million in 2015, with a $208 million surplus to Indonesia.

Poland invested $18.4 million in the Southeast Asia's largest economy in 2015, four times larger than that it invested a year earlier.

Duda's visit would be the first Poland president travel to Indonesia after President Lech Walesa in 2010.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono last visited Poland in 2013, after his predecessor Megawati Sukarnoputri made a visit in 2003 that marked a warming relation between the two countries following decades near vacuum link amid the Cold War.

[Correction: The previous version of this article erroneously stated President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited Poland in 2006. The visit was in 2013. We apologize for the mistake.] 

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