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VOINews, Jakarta - Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi has stressed the need for the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU) to enhance inclusive cooperation to address increasingly complex challenges.

"ASEAN and EU need to enhance inclusive collaboration," she said at the ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference with the EU here on Thursday.

ASEAN and the EU have cooperated for almost half a century and become strategic partners since 2020, she noted.

This partnership, according to her, is being tested amid growing challenges.

She conveyed two important aspects for overcoming the challenges, with the first being the need for maintaining inclusive regional architecture.

ASEAN has invested heavily in building inclusive regional architecture. She expressed the hope that the EU would share the same view on the inclusive collaboration paradigm.

"This is the only way to maintain peace, stability, and prosperity," she added.

The second important aspect is to enhance mutually beneficial cooperation, Marsudi said.

Both ASEAN and the EU have enormous potential, and both are each other's third-largest trading partner, she highlighted.

Both also have integrated economies with 450 million consumers in the EU and 650 million consumers in ASEAN.

This potential, Marsudi said, should not be hindered by trade barrier policies such as the European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) and the European Union Enforcement Regulation (EUER).

Therefore, both parties must find a joint solution through ASEAN-EU mechanisms, such as the Joint Working Group on Palm Oil.

In addition, ASEAN and the EU need to strengthen strategic partnership based on the principles of mutual respect and mutual benefit, Marsudi stressed.

The ASEAN-EU Foreign Ministers' Meeting also underlined the importance of resolving the South China Sea issue, concerns over the situation in Ukraine, and the Korean Peninsula.

The meeting also encouraged the completion of the ASEAN-EU Free Trade Agreement.

Meanwhile, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Joseph Borell Fontelles, acknowledged ASEAN's role as a key global player in the current century, especially amid ongoing global crises. (Antaranews)



VOInews, Jakarta: Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi held a bilateral meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on the sidelines of the ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference (PMC) meeting in Jakarta (13/7). Both Foreign Ministers expressed their satisfaction with the ongoing bilateral cooperation.

The two Foreign Ministers discussed preparations for the 43rd ASEAN Summit and the G20 Summit, which will be held on September 5-7, 2023 in Indonesia and September 9-10, 2023 in India, respectively. Both agreed to intensify communication so that the two summits run smoothly and produce useful things for the world.

Foreign Minister Retno and Foreign Minister Jaishankar also discussed the issue of Myanmar. India reiterated its support for ASEAN centrality and the 5 Point Consensus.

On July 12, 2023, Foreign Minister Retno met with Foreign Minister Jaishankar and Foreign Minister Penny Wong (Australia) in a Trilateral Meeting format. This was the second meeting, after the first meeting was held in New York City in September 2022. (VOI)



VOInews, Jakarta: Indonesia hopes Australia can become ASEAN's main partner in maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. The statement was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi at the ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference (PMC) meeting with Australia in Jakarta, Thursday (07/13/2023).

Foreign Minister Retno said Australia could be a positive force in the region by supporting ASEAN centrality. She underlined Australia's status as one of the four ASEAN partners with the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

"We have great expectations for Australia to become a positive force in the region and support ASEAN centrality in shaping regional dynamics," Retno said.

Foreign Minister Retno said that there are two areas of cooperation that can be focused on.

First, on the issue of peace and stability in the region. Retno said that Australia and ASEAN can serve as an anchor of stability in the Indo-Pacific.

"We need to build an inclusive regional architecture, where all parties feel safe and contribute to regional prosperity. Australia can be a true partner of ASEAN and become an anchor of peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific," Retno said.

Second, Australia is expected to become a development partner in the Pacific region. In this regard, Foreign Minister Retno said that the Pacific region is an inseparable part of the Indo-Pacific. For this reason, concrete cooperation between ASEAN and Pacific countries is needed, including in the fields of climate action and disaster risk reduction, food security, and blue economy.

Foreign Minister Retno also hoped that Australia's support for cooperation between the ASEAN Secretariat and the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) will begin this year.

At this meeting, Foreign Ministers of ASEAN countries expected an increase in concrete cooperation with Australia in a number of areas, namely trade, connectivity, health, education, transportation, climate change, and sustainable energy.

They also hope Australia can become an anchor of economic growth in the Southern part of the Indo-Pacific. In addition, ASEAN countries also expect Australia to support regional stability and peace, including by supporting ASEAN's common position on the South China Sea.

Meanwhile, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong affirmed support for ASEAN's centrality in maintaining stability and realizing regional prosperity, through the concrete implementation of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP). In addition, Australia has also formulated a Strategy for Southeast Asia 2040 to enhance economic cooperation with ASEAN.

The meeting agreed on a Concept Note for the ASEAN-Australia Commemorative Summit. The ASEAN-Australia Commemorative Summit will be held next year. (VOI)



VOINews, Jakarta – Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi Indonesia is pushing for strengthened cooperation in the field of food security between ASEAN and India during the meeting of ASEAN Foreign Ministers with the Indian Foreign Minister in Jakarta (13/7).

"The growing population of ASEAN and India depends on food security. Therefore, we need to make more efforts to ensure the availability, accessibility, and affordability of food during crises," said Minister Retno.

"Such cooperation needs to focus on building a sustainable food supply chain through trade, dialogue, and transparent government policies," added Retno.

Indonesia also encourages long-term collaboration in agricultural technology and research centers to enhance local food production and benefit small-scale farmers.

Indonesia will propose a Joint Statement of ASEAN Leaders on Strengthening Cooperation in Food Security during Crises to be adopted at the upcoming ASEAN-India Summit.

"We all have a responsibility to maintain peace and security in the Indo-Pacific. India and ASEAN can be part of these efforts. Every minilateral group should support these endeavors," said Minister Retno.

In this context, ASEAN will invite IORA (Indian Ocean Rim Association) and PIF (Pacific Islands Forum) to the East Asia Summit (EAS) to promote a more inclusive regional architecture in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar expressed support for ASEAN's centrality, the implementation of the AOIP, and the plan to hold the ASEAN-Indo-Pacific Forum in Jakarta in September.

The relationship between ASEAN and India has become a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership since November 2022. The ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership Action Plan 2021-2025 has achieved around 86% of its targets. The meeting adopted the Annex to the Plan of Action to Implement the ASEAN-India Partnership for Peace, Progress, and Shared Prosperity (2021-2025). (VOI)

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