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Indonesia, US to fasten antiterrorism, trade ties

  • Fedina S. Sundaryani

    The Jakarta Post

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Hamburg, Germany   /   Tue, July 11, 2017   /  09:00 am
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Powerful men: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (third left) takes a picture with French President Emmanuel Macron, US President Donald Trump and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto on the first day of the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7. (AFP/Saul Loeb)

It was a lighthearted bilateral meeting between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his United States counterpart Donald Trump, so light that they left sensitive issues aside in favor of a commitment to boost ties in trade and counterterrorism. At the meeting held on Saturday at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, Jokowi invited Trump to Indonesia to meet the latter’s “millions of fans,” while the hawkish US President softened his tone and expressed his wish to increase trade and investment with Indonesia. “We’ve become friends, and we’re going to be doing a lot of deals together — trade deals. We have our whole trade delegation here, and we will start doing a lot of trading with Indonesia,” Trump said as he opened the meeting. “We do very little business, relatively, now, but we are going to do a lot of business.&r...