President Joko Widodo and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė speaking at a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta on Wednesday (17/05). (Photo courtesy of the Cabinet Secretary)

Jokowi Welcomes Lithuanian President, Seeks to Advance Energy Ties


MAY 17, 2017

Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo welcomed Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė to the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta on Wednesday (17/05), adding that the latter's state visit to the Southeast Asian country is an excellent opportunity to strengthen ties between both countries.

"This is an historical visit, as it is the first time a Lithuanian president has visited Indonesia," Jokowi said at a joint press conference with Grybauskaitė.

Jokowi said he was honored to receive Grybauskaitė on behalf of all Indonesians.

"This is an historical moment to strengthen bilateral partnerships between our two nations. In our meeting, we discussed potential partnerships in energy, including in biomass energy," Jokowi said.

The two heads of state also discussed advancing information technology usage in land and air transportation.

"We have also agreed to increase trade and investment partnerships, while also urging the completion of negotiations for the Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economics Partnership Agreement [CEPA]," Jokowi said.

Indonesia first established formal diplomatic relations with Lithuania in 1993.

The Baltic country is known around the world for its exceptional capabilities in the solar, biomass and biofuel energy sectors.

In 2016, Indonesia-Lithuania’s bilateral trade value was recorded at $38.6 million.

Lithuania has also become a potential market for Indonesian agricultural products, including tobacco, crude palm oil and coffee exports.