The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato' Sri Anifah Hj Aman, undertook an Official Visit to the Republic of Indonesia from 10 to 11 August 2017. During his visit, the Foreign Minister and his counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, HE Retno L.P. Marsudi co-chaired the 15th Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) between Malaysia and the Republic of Indonesia. Both Foreign Ministers signed the Record of Discussions at the end of the Meeting.

Apart from the 15th JCBC Meeting, Dato' Sri Anifah Haji Aman also had an audience with the President of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Joko Widodo.

During the Meeting, both sides had fruitful discussions on bilateral issues and other issues of common interests. These include, political relations, maritime boundary delimitation and land boundary demarcation, welfare of fishermen, recruitment of Indonesian domestic and migrant workers, economic cooperation, education cooperation as well as trade and investment cooperation.

On political relations, both Ministers expressed satisfaction at the excellent state of bilateral relations. This year marked the 60th year since diplomatic relations were established between the two countries. Both countries also committed to work together to expand and diversify further various areas of cooperation for mutual benefit.

The Ministers are also pleased with progress in the maritime boundary delimitation as well as the land boundary demarcation exercise. They welcomed the conclusion and signing of MoU No. 20 with respect to land boundary demarcation as depicted in Map No. 29 during the 41st Meeting of The Joint Malaysia - Indonesia Land Boundary Committee held in Shah Alam, Malaysia from 6 - 7 June 2017.

In the area of trade and economic cooperation, both sides endeavoured to achieve the desired target of bilateral trade of USD30 billion in the coming years. In this connection, the Ministers welcomed the positive outcome of the Meetings of the Review of Border Trade Agreement (BTA) and Joint Trade and Investment Committee (JTIC) which were held in Kuching, Sarawak from 10 � 11 July 2017 and 12 � 13 July 2017 respectively. Both sides also agreed to continue discussions on the review of the BTA. The Foreign Ministers also agreed to address normalisation of trade at the Tebedu-Entikong and Tawau-Nunukan land borders, non-trade barrier issues, and halal logo. Both Ministers also welcomed the establishment of the Secretariat of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) in Jakarta and looked forward to work cohesively in addressing issues affecting the export of palm oil.

On cooperation in the conservation of the Sumatran rhinoceros, Malaysia and Indonesia agreed to explore collaboration to save this endangered species.

Both Foreign Ministers also exchanged views on regional and international issues such as counter-terrorism, Qatar diplomatic crisis, developments in Al Quds Al-Sharif, South China Sea and Korean Peninsula.

The Minister also participated in the ceremony to commemorate the establishment of ASEAN. This event, which was held at the ASEAN Secretariat, saw the involvement of the Indonesian President, His Excellency Joko Widodo and the ASEAN Secretary General, His Excellency Le Luong Minh.

The visit by the Minister, to Indonesia, for the 15th JCBC has successfully provided a platform for both Malaysia and Indonesia to take stock of the progress of their bilateral relations. This would facilitate efforts to promote better bilateral relations, which is a key requisite of establishing a region of stability, peace and prosperity.

Malaysia will host the 16th JCBC in 2018.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia