RI Ready to Welcome UAE Crown Prince

Jakarta, IORA - "Indonesia is ready to welcome the state visit of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Crown Prince, His Excellency Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan this year." said Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi in a bilateral meeting with UAE Minister of State Dr. Maitha Salem Alshamsi, on the sidelines of the IORA Council of Ministers meetingat the Jakarta Convention Center, this afternoon (3/6).

In addition to discussing the plan for a state visit, Foreign Minister Retno and State Minister Maitha also discussed efforts to increase cooperation between the two countries in the fields of politics and security, and economy and socio-culture.

Indonesia and the UAE have signed an MoU on Combating Human Trafficking in September 2015. "Indonesia hopes both countries can continue their cooperation in eradicating terrorism and other transnational crimes." Foreign Minister Retno continued. One of the form of cooperation to be explored is on the exchange of intelligence information.

Foreign Minister Retno has also requested UAE's support on the nomination of Indonesia as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period of 2019-2020.

In the economic sector, the two countries agreed to make efforts to improve the value of trade and investment., given the lowering trend of trade value between the two countries and the investment value of UAE in Indonesia in recent years.

Trade values between the two countries recorded a decline from USD 4.26 million in 2014 to USD 3.23 million and USD 2.93 million in 2015 and 2016. While the value of UAE realized investment in Indonesia dropped from USD 25.36 million out of 40 projects in 2014 to USD 19.25 million from 26 projects in 2015.

Indonesia also expressed an intention to participate in the Dubai Expo 2020, an international exhibition which will take place from October 2020 to April 2021 in Dubai, displaying a wide range of ideas and products of the latest science and technology.

On the other hand, UAE State Minister Maitha expressed appreciation for the Indonesia's chairmanship in IORA for the period of 2015 -2017, stating "achieving significant progress and laying the groundwork for further cooperation in the region." State Minister Maitha added that IORA cooperation could involve the expertise of academics or experts in various fields.

The meeting which lasted fifteen minutes is expected to boost future bilateral cooperation between both parties in concrete measures.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Translator: PR