South Africa Is The Most Crucial Partner For Indonesia


APRIL 21, 2015

AACC2015, Jakarta – Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno LP Marsudi said that South Africa is the most important partner for Indonesia in the African region, and vice versa. As such, Indonesia and South Africa agreed to strengthen bilateral relations, notably on economy.

"As the South African Foreign Minister said, and I agree that the most important thing for South Africa and Indonesia is to work together to bring concrete cooperation, concrete implementation of bilateral relations within the framework of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership," Retno said during a bilateral meeting with the South African Foreign Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on the sidelines of the AAC Senior Official Meeting at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), Jakarta, on Sunday (19/4).

Regarding the New Strategic Asian-African Partnership, South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said his country has agreed, particularly since the 50th Anniversary of the AAC held 10 years ago. "South Africa and Indonesia agreed on the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership, boosting the historical partnership that has been started since 1955," Maite stated.

According to him, the meeting with Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno is to prepare the ministerial meeting. Over 20 companies eye opportunities that can boost the South African-Indonesian cooperation. "So today we are here to prepare the ministerial meeting to be held tomorrow. We are committed to hold a meeting every two years," Maite said.

Moreover, Maite added, South Africa also plans to invite Indonesia to the African Union Summit. In the event, South Africa is the host country. "We invite Indonesia to South Africa which will be the host country of the African Union Summit," Maite stated.

Maite added that South African President Jacob Zuma cannot meet the invitation of the Indonesian President on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the AAC commemoration due to the situation in his home country which is not conducive. "We have received the invitation to attend the event in Indonesia. Already scheduled. We hope to meet the invitation, but the current South African situation is under control," Maite explained.

For this domestic reason, President Zuma sent Deputy President Siromu Maposa to replace him in the event. "The circumstance in the country has made Zuma dispatch a senior cabinet member, Deputy President Siromu Maposa, to come and participate in this historical meeting, " Maite said. (Translator: Muhardi, Editor: Mia M. Bonaedy)