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Meeting With Saudi Prince, President Jokowi Discusses Energy Cooperation

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President Joko Widodo with Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman President Joko Widodo with Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman kemenlu

President Joko Widodo held a bilateral meeting with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammad bin Salman. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the second day of the G20 Summit, at INTEX, Osaka, Japan, Saturday, June 29, 2019.

In the meeting, President Jokowi put forward several things.

First, related to the plan to form a High-level Consultative Council proposed by Saudi Arabia.

As a follow-up to Indonesia's seriousness in this regard, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi discussed it with Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf when the two met on the sidelines of the OIC meeting in Jeddah, May 29, 2019.

"I hope the formation of the council can be inaugurated along with His Holiness's visit to Indonesia which was delayed," said President Jokowi.

The second issue raised by President Jokowi was cooperation between Pertamina and Aramco. Regarding this, the foreign ministers of the two countries have discussed it in Jeddah and agreed to encourage the ministerial meeting of the two countries.

As a follow up, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan, BUMN Minister Rini Soemarno, and Pertamina Managing Director Nicke Widyawati had a meeting with Saudi Arabia's Minister of Energy Khalid Al-Falih on the sidelines of the G20 Energy Ministerial Meeting on 16 June 2019 Japan.

It is expected that the cooperation discussion can be completed in October, so that cooperation can be carried out immediately.

Indonesia is also ready to send a team to discuss other cooperation, for example in the field of petrochemicals.

On this occasion, President Jokowi also expressed Indonesia's desire to participate in the economic revolution to achieve Saudi 2030's vision. At present Indonesia has two state-owned enterprises namely Wijaya Karya and Waskita Karya that have experience and have representative offices in Saudi Arabia.

"I convey that Indonesian construction BUMNs are ready to support development in the housing sector or for the construction of NEOM projects," said the Head of State.

In addition, President Jokowi also expressed Indonesia's interest in being involved in the Saudi Arabia railway sector project. For this reason, the President wants the team from both parties to meet to discuss this specifically. (Source: Setkab)

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