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Netherlands not in favor of ban on Indonesian palm oil

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, March 2 2020   /  02:18 am
Stef Blok (AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard)(AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard)

Stef Blok (AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard)Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima are to visit Indonesia from March 10 to 13 at the invitation of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. In the lead-up to the state visit, the Dutch Foreign Ministry recently invited The Jakarta Post’s Yuliasri Perdani and several other Indonesian journalists to the Netherlands to talk with Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Stef Blok about the two countries’ relations and future cooperation. The following are excerpts from the interview:Question: Starting this year, the Netherlands has stopped sending development aid to several countries, including Indonesia. What is your hope for this new chapter of bilateral relationship?Answer: I am very positive about it. Essentially, that is good news because Indonesia has become a middle income country, and this doesn’t mean we will cooperate less. A large number of Indonesi...