President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) expressed Indonesia's readiness to support Bangladesh in achieving the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) outbreak target in 2024.
"Indonesia is ready to support the achievement of these targets, including by enhancing mutually beneficial economic and trade cooperation," said President Jokowi during a bilateral meeting with Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Credential Hall, Bangabhan Presidential Palace.
Indonesia also expressed its readiness to open market access to enhance trade cooperation with Bangladesh.
"Through the creation of _Preferential Trade Agreement," he said.
In addition the two heads of states also discussed the development situation of Rakhine State. Indonesian government and people will always have a commitment and give attention to help overcome the humanitarian crisis.
"I also welcome the Bangladesh government's repatriation agreement with the government of Myanmar, I hope the implementation of the agreement can be voluntary, honorable and safe," said President Jokowi.
President Jokowi also expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome during his visit to Bangladesh, including his planned visit to Cox's Bazar Sunday. .
"Thank you for Your Excellency President Abdul Hamid's honor, an honor to make a visit to Bangladesh for the first time," said President Jokowi.
Meanwhile Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said that Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid reiterated that Indonesia is close to Bangladesh. "Because Indonesia is the first country to recognize the independence of Bangladesh and this service will never be forgotten by the people of Bangladesh," said Retno.
In the future, said Retno, the two leaders agreed that economic cooperation would be a priority for the relations between the two countries.
After the bilateral meeting, President Jokowi and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo witnessed a cultural meeting and a dinner with President Abdul Hamid and the First Lady of Bangladesh Rasyidah Khanam.
Accompanying the President were Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Indonesian Ambassador to Bangladesh Rina Soemarno, and Director of South and Central Asia Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ferdy Piay . (Protocol, Press and Media of Secretariat of the President)