President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) accepted the visit of the Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai. In addition to bilateral issues, Jokowi specifically discussed the issue of world rubber prices at the meeting.
Jokowi was accompanied by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi when he received Pramudwinai at the State Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (03/13/2019). Retno and Pramudwinai also met this morning.
After the meeting with Jokowi, Retno revealed that Pramudwinai’s visit was in his capacity as Chair of ASEAN. It is known, this year Thailand is the Chair of ASEAN.
“Several issues were discussed. First, we talked about bilateral issues. Next year we celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations (Indonesia-Thailand). And specifically the president conveyed one issue related to world rubber prices,” Retno said after accompanying Jokowi to accept Pramudwinai .
Retno revealed, if Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia were merged it would become the largest rubber producer in the world. And lately the government has suspected several things as the cause of the decline in world rubber prices.
“Therefore the president said that there was no other choice for the three countries to strengthen cooperation so that rubber prices would not continue to fall. Earlier the Thai Foreign Minister conveyed his commitment regarding cooperation in the context of preventing the decline in world rubber prices,” said Retno.
In addition to bilateral issues and rubber price issues, Jokowi also discussed ASEAN issues such as Rakhine State.
“Regarding the Rakhine state problem, the president said once again, that the importance of ASEAN involvement in helping Myanmar in preparing for voluntary, peaceful and dignified repatriation,” he said.
Issues related to the concept of cooperative cooperation were also discussed at the meeting. Indopacific Cooperation is an initiative from Indonesia.
“And Thailand has shown tremendous support for the development of this concept so that the president once again expressed the importance for ASEAN located in the middle of the Pacific and the Indian Ocean to come up with a concept of Indoptic cooperation. And hopefully in the near future the Indoptic concept can be promoted , “he said. (nvl / zlf)