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Kishida, Joko affirm intolerance of sovereignty infringement

  • April 30, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 12:05 a.m.
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Jakarta, April 29 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Friday affirmed that they will not allow any infringement of sovereignty or territorial integrity, and any attempts to change the status quo by force, in relation to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


Holding talks at a presidential palace in Bogor, a suburb of Jakarta, the two leaders also agreed that they will stand against attacks made against civilians and private facilities in violation of international humanitarian law.


Kishida and Joko held face-to-face talks for the first time ever.


With China’s increasingly hegemonic behavior in mind, the leaders confirmed their countries’ cooperation in efforts to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific.


In a joint press conference, Kishida voiced strong opposition to economic coercion, while Joko said he hopes to make the Indo-Pacific a peaceful and stable region.


Indonesia keeps a close watch over China’s attempts to expand its interests in the South China Sea. Kishida told Joko that Japan plans to launch a probe so as to provide a patrol vessel to the Indonesian Maritime Security Agency, with a view to its utilization in cracking down on illegal operations by Chinese fishing boats.


The two leaders also agreed to work closely together in responding to North Korea’s nuclear and missile development and in resolving the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang decades ago.


On Indonesia’s import restrictions imposed on Japanese agricultural products following the 2011 nuclear accident at the disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant in northeastern Japan, Kishida told the press conference that Joko made a positive statement on their possible removal.


Indonesia serves as this year’s Group of 20 chair. Regarding calls from some officials in Europe and the United States to exclude Russia from the G-20 framework, Kishida and Joko agreed to respond appropriately by accurately assessing the situation.


Indonesia is the first leg of Kishida’s tour of Southeast Asian and European nations from Friday.

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