Poland considers Indonesia as important partner in SE Asia

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said he considered Indonesia as an important partner of Poland in Southeast Asia, expressing hope for an increase in bilateral ties in various fields.

The visit of Czaputowicz to Indonesia to meet with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi is the first visit by a Polish foreign minister to Indonesia after 21 years.

"We appreciate the role of Indonesia as a rising power in the region and, at the same time, a leader in ASEAN. We also appreciate Indonesias international activities, which continue to develop even beyond Southeast Asia," Czaputowicz noted in a joint press statement with Marsudi.

The Polish foreign minister was taking a number of agenda to Indonesia, which included the maritime, economic, defense, and educational fields.

The trade volume of the two countries showed a significant increase. The same also happened with the Polish investors interest in making investment in Indonesia.

Polish investment in Indonesia reached US$20 million in 2017, up 10 times compared to that in 2016, which stood at US$1.6 million.

Besides being involved in a 100 megawatt power plant project in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Poland also offered electrical mobility cooperation that can be used in public transportation, medical equipment, and the maritime industry.

Additionally, Czaputowicz also mentioned Polands cooperation in education and interest in rehabilitation projects in earthquake-affected Lombok and Palu.

According to him, Poland is also ready to cooperate with Indonesia regarding global issues, considering that Indonesia will carry out its role as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period 2019-2020.

Poland itself was elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period 2018-2019.

"When we discussed membership programs (on the UNSC), we note a number of similarities, namely the focus on the field of peacekeeping, conflict resolution, and strengthening international law," Czaputowicz remarked.

The Polish foreign minister also viewed Indonesia as a model for multiculturalism, where inter-faith and intercultural dialogue is an important effort to build understanding between communities.

Source: ANTARA News

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