House speaker expects improved ties on Lithuanian President's visit
Nurul Fitri Ramadhani
The Jakarta Post
House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto has expressed his hope that the visit of Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė to Indonesia will strengthen bilateral ties between the two nations.
“Since the countries forged their diplomatic relation in 1993, the bilateral ties between Indonesia and Lithuania have been running well. The two countries are committed to improving their partnerships, especially in the field of economy and trade,” said Setya, who is also the Golkar Party chairman, at the House on Wednesday.
He further said the trade value between Indonesia and Lithuania was expected to improve in the coming years, exceeding the US$38.6 million recorded in 2016.
Setya also said he expected the two countries to intensify cooperation to tap their renewable energy potential.
“We fully appreciate the willingness of both countries to improve bilateral cooperation as agreed by President Grybauskaitė and President Joko Widodo," Setya said.
He added that the ties between legislative bodies of Lithuania and Indonesia should be strengthened. The two countries also needed to initiate more people-to-people programs, especially in the field of education, culture and tourism. (afr/ebf)
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