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Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Japan launch bilateral maritime forum

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 23, 2016   /  09:08 am
Indonesia, Japan launch bilateral maritime forum Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan (third from right) listens to inquiries raised by lawmakers during a work meeting at the House of Representatives in Jakarta on Sept. 22. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari) (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

Indonesia and Japan have agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation by establishing the Indonesia-Japan Maritime Forum (IJMF), which paves the way for maritime cooperation concerning infrastructure projects, enhancement of security, education and training as well as economic development.

Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, who was accompanied by other relevant government officials during his two-day visit to Japan, signed an agreement on the matter with his Japanese counterpart Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday.

According to a press statement, the agreement marks the first strategic maritime bilateral forum between the two nations.

“IJMF is important for Indonesia and Japan to build maritime cooperation as well as to contribute to the stability, peace and security in the regions,” the statement said.

During his visit, Luhut met several high ranking officials from the Japanese Government, including Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Keiichi Ishii, Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko and a senior politician, who is also the secretary general of Liberal Democratic Party, Toshihiro Nikai. (fac/jun)

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