Jokowi Pushes Trade and Counterterrorism Cooperation at G-20 Summit

Jokowi Pushes Trade and Counterterrorism Cooperation at G-20 Summit

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Jakarta — Presiden Joko Widodo has called for increased multilateral cooperation in counterterrorism and stronger trade partnerships during his meetings with heads of states at the Group of 20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. In the first session of the summit’s Leaders Retreat on Friday (07/07), Jokowi urged the world’s biggest economies to unite in a struggle against terrorism, making a case for a balanced approach, combining soft power and hard power. [..] Jokowi also held bilateral meetings with a number of his counterparts, including Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Brey, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and United States President Donald Trump. Negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between Indonesia and the European Union Free Trade Association are currently in progress. Jokowi expressed his hope the talks will be finalized by the end of this year. The president also touched on issues such as digitalization and expressed his support for stronger cooperation in formulating an appropriate policy to anticipate economic, business, workforce shifts caused by the turn to automation and artificial intelligence. He also appealed for more engagement in international public health. Although the topic of climate change was highlighted during this year’s summit – partly in reference to the United States withdrawal from the Paris Agreement – the Indonesian government made no noteworthy mention regarding the issue. Instead, Indonesia reiterated its stance of other countries within the group, agreeing that the pact must be implemented as soon as possible and that is irreversible. In the first bilateral meeting between Jokowi and the U.S. president, both leaders emphasized “their commitment to strengthen Indonesia-United States strategic partnership” and “discussed ways to expand fair and reciprocal trade between their countries, as well as ways to strengthen defense cooperation,” according to a statement released by the White House. Trump was quoted as saying that the United States “will start doing a lot of trading with Indonesia. According to the White House, both leaders pledged to coordinate closely on issues of international security.

Source: thejakartaglobe

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