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President Joko Widodo Attends the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit

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Indonesian president, Joko Widodo (Jokowi, center) and Indonesian vice president, Ma'ruf Amin at a press conference before the president's departure to Australia. (Photo: YouTube/Sekretariat Presiden)


VOInews, Jakarta: Indonesian president Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on Monday (4/3/2024) left for Australia to attend the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit. The summit, set to commemorate 50 years of ASEAN-Australia partnership, will be held in Melbourne, the capital of southeast Australia's state of Victoria.

President Joko Widodo will depart at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Indonesian National Army Air Base in Jakarta. In his statement before departure, the President said he would encourage discussions on, among other things, digital transformation at the summit.


"I will use this opportunity to encourage cooperation in strengthening economic integration, energy transition, and digital transformation, as well as the consistent advancement of collaboration paradigms and respect for international law, including on the Palestinian issue," he said.


The theme of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit is "Partnership for the Future". Leaders of ASEAN countries and Australia will discuss how the ASEAN-Australia comprehensive strategic partnership can be optimized in the future, to create a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.


President Joko Widodo said that his visit to Australia would also be used to hold bilateral meetings with notable leaders. The leaders include the Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, New Zealand Prime Minister, Christopher Luxon, and Cambodian Prime Minister, Hun Manet. At the press conference, he said that his meeting with Albanese would be about defense cooperation fostered between Indonesia and Australia.


President Jokowi also revealed that he is planning to spotlight discussions on issues related to electric vehicles at the summit. As reported by Antara, He further said he would invite countries participating in the special summit to invest in Indonesia's future capital city of Nusantara, currently being developed in East Kalimantan.


"In every meeting with prime ministers, presidents, and other leaders, I have always extended invitations to invest in Nusantara," he underlined.

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