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Jakarta Post

Boosting EU-Indonesia relations

  • Carl Bildt

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 9 2009   /  01:34 pm

Today a big leap forward will be taken in the relations between Indonesia and the European Union. A comprehensive EU-Indonesia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) will be signed today in Jakarta at the margins of an EU-Indonesia Ministerial Troika meeting under the co-chairs of Dr. Marty Natalegawa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, and me, as representative of the Presidency of the Council of the EU. Though the EU and Indonesia lie at opposite sides of the globe, our similarities are undoubtedly more striking than our differences. Indonesia and the EU share many values and political principles. We also share strong historical, cultural and personal ties. Both Indonesia and the EU are looking outward in a globalizing world, with a firm commitment to both regional development and multilateral cooperation. Furthermore, we are confronted by similar challenges wit...