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Netherlands to put new emphasis on ties with Indonesia

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 21 2013   /  11:43 am

The Dutch government has committed to boosting its relationship with Indonesia, noting that economic, political and people-to-people contacts should be strengthened further, a minister says.

“Indonesia is a growing economic power in the region. We have historical ties but our relationship has not developed by itself. We need to invest more in people-to-people contacts, political, economic and cultural ties,” visiting Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said in Jakarta on Wednesday.

The new push to improve bilateral ties will be marked by a series of visits by high-level Dutch officials.

Beginning with the foreign minister’s visit this week, and building throughout 2013 with other ministerial visits, the series will culminate in a visit by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, accompanied by a trade delegation, at the end of this year.

Timmermans is sche...