Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi received Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano at Pancasila Building in Jakarta on Wednesday (7/2). Minister Angelino Alfano visited Indonesia in a series of his visit to Southeast Asia, and Indonesia is the first country which was visited before other countries. In a press conference after bilateral meeting, Minister Retno Marsudi explained that they discussed various efforts to improve bilateral relations between Indonesia and Italy.
"In a friendly bilateral meeting, we discussed various efforts to improve bilateral relations, such as Indonesian palm oil export to Europe, and then creative economy and interfaith dialog, " Retno said.
Related to Indonesian palm oil export, Minister Retno Marsudi added that Italy is the most important country and third export destination country for Indonesia’s palm oil to Europe. Therefore, Indonesian palm oil also has contribution on Italian economy. She also hopes that Italy can explain to European Union parliamentary to consider the lifting of restrictions on the use of Indonesian palm oil for biodiesel starting in 2021. The restriction will bring about serious impact on Indonesia as the biggest palm oil producer in the world, especially palm oil farmers. (Rezha/trans-Yati)