Jakarta. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi met with her US counterpart John Kerry in Washington on Monday for discussions ahead of President Joko Widodo’s state visit to the country next month.
The two officials discussed a range of issues related to the Indonesia-US comprehensive partnership signed in 2010, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued in Jakarta on Tuesday, to pave the way for a summit on Oct. 26 between Joko and US President Barack Obama.
“Both heads of state are planning to launch a more strategic Indonesia-US partnership during President Joko’s visit to the US,” Retno said as quoted in the statement.
“An improved, more strategic partnership between Indonesia and the US will reflect the priorities and agenda of the Joko administration.
“[In the meeting] with Secretary of State Kerry, I wanted to make sure that President Jokowi’s US visit will give the most benefit to the people [of Indonesia],” Retno added.
The minister said that the planned presidential discussion in the Oval Office “symbolizes the close relationship of the two nations.”
Retno and Kerry also discussed the economic partnership between the two countries, among other bilateral issues.
“Aside from the economic partnership, we will also focus on Indonesia-US relations on cooperation in the the areas of maritime affairs, defense and security, as well as democracy and pluralism,” she said.
Wider regional issues, such as territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and global ones including the upcoming United Nations climate change summit in Paris in December, were among other items on the agenda during Monday’s meeting.