Jakarta. Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo have agreed to strengthen partnership in economy, maritime affairs and people-to-people exchanges.
Jokowi and Szydlo met on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on Sunday (14/05).
"Indonesia is currently developing its maritime infrastructure, including ports and ships, in order to better connect its islands. Cooperation with Poland would be in line with this effort," Jokowi said in a statement issued by his cabinet.
The president added that Poland has a long tradition in both the maritime industry and shipping, which he deems a valuable aspect of the future partnership.
Jokowi also encouraged cooperation in tourism and education, and appreciated the fact that several Polish universities have Indonesian language programs.
In Indonesia, the University of Indonesia and Atmajaya University also offer Polish courses.
"I hope Poland will support the plan of opening a direct route between Jakarta and Warsaw," Jokowi added.
Indonesia and Poland agreed to support each others' efforts to become non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, with Poland in the 2018-2019 period and Indonesia in 2019-2020.