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Jakarta Post

Jokowi, Rutte want to improve economic ties, tiptoe around past war crimes

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Bogor/Jakarta   /   Mon, October 7, 2019   /  08:49 pm
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (left) with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the Bogor Palace in West Java.(Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Indonesia has agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation with the Netherlands, its key partner in Europe, after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo welcomed Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the Bogor Palace in West Java on Monday. Monday’s visit marked the third time Rutte has been to the country after official visits in 2013 and 2016 and came after a recent ruling by an appeals court in The Hague that lifted the statute of limitations on alleged executions by Dutch soldiers during the Indonesian struggle for independence. Speaking at a joint press conference, Jokowi said the Netherlands was one of Indonesia’s key European partners, adding that he had also used the meeting to voice concerns about the European Union’s policy on palm oil. “In terms of trade, we agreed to continue to improve open and fair trade. In this context, I again conveyed Ind...