Indonesia, Australia Commit to Finalizing CEPA in 2017

Indonesia, Australia Commit to Finalizing CEPA in 2017


Jakarta — President Joko Widodo and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during their meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany on Friday (07/07), made a commitment to finalize negotiations on the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, of CEPA in 2017. “The two leaders [..] are pushing the negotiations to be finalized by the end of 2017,” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said as quoted in a press release by the Cabinet Secretariat. Indonesia and Australia are seeking to strengthen the strategic partnership. During the meeting, Jokowi and Turnbull also discussed possibilities for cooperation against counterterrorism. “They had quite a lengthy discussion on the situation in Marawi City. Australia appreciates Indonesia’s efforts and engagement in counterterrorism,” Retno said. She added that both leaders also touched on the recent trilateral agreement between Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. According to Retno, enhanced cooperation in the sub-region, also involving New Zealand, Australia and Brunei, should make counterterrorism efforts more successful. It is expected to start by the end of July.

Source: thejakartaglobe