Meeting French Foreign Minister, President Jokowi Encourages Acceleration of Indonesia-EU CEPA

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) received an honorary visit from the French Minister of European Affairs and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (11/24/2021). During the meeting, President Jokowi conveyed five main points related to relations between the two countries.

“I want to convey a few messages. First, I agree that we will improve communication next year. Indonesia will be the Chair of the G20 and France will be the President of the European Union,” said the President.

Second, during France’s presidency in the European Union, President Jokowi hopes that negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between Indonesia and the European Union will be accelerated and get concrete results.

Third, President Jokowi wants France to be Indonesia’s partner in fighting for an open, fair and non-discriminatory trade. President Jokowi also supports sustainable trade.

“I strongly support trade sustainable . But I object if environmental issues are misused to become trade barriers,” he explained.

Fourth, President Jokowi welcomes the increased partnership with the new dialogue mechanism, namely the 2+2 (Minister of Foreign Affairs – Minister of Defense) meeting between the two countries.

Fifth, President Jokowi expressed his gratitude for the support of the French vaccine to Indonesia, the total number of which will reach 4.8 million doses.

Also accompanying the President when receiving the French Foreign Minister were Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung. Meanwhile, the French Foreign Minister was accompanied by the French Ambassador to Indonesia Oliver Chambard. (BPMI SETPRES/UN)