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Japan, Indonesia leaders agree to strengthen bilateral ties

  • October 13, 2020
  • , Kyodo News , 7:15 p.m.
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TOKYO – Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Indonesian President Joko Widodo agreed Tuesday to strengthen relations between their countries, the Foreign Ministry said.

 

In a 10-minute phone call, Suga told Widodo that he looks forward to bolstering Japan’s “strategic partnership” with Indonesia, especially in areas such as infrastructure, human resource development and maritime security, according to the ministry.

 

The two spoke ahead of Suga’s planned visit to Vietnam and Indonesia next week, his first overseas trip since replacing Shinzo Abe, who stepped down as prime minister for health reasons, in mid-September.

 

Widodo congratulated Suga on taking office and said he looks forward to working together on a range of regional issues, the ministry said.

 

Suga also said he intends to continue working toward a “free and open Indo-Pacific,” a concept Japan is pushing as a counter to China’s increasing assertiveness in the region and asked for Indonesia’s support in efforts to secure the return of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s.

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