Jakarta- The bilateral meeting between Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Papua New Guinea (PNG) Prime Minister James Marape was an important moment in the relationship between the two countries.
During the meeting, President Jokowi expressed his appreciation for the support given by PNG to Indonesia’s sovereignty and integrity. This support includes PNG’s participation in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Summit to be held in Port Vila, Vanuatu, in August 2023.
The MSG Summit is a regional cooperation forum involving countries in the Melanesian region, including Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. In this context, PNG’s support for Indonesia can be considered as a step that strengthens relations between the two countries, especially in the regional context.
In addition, President Jokowi also welcomed the economic development in the border area between Indonesia and PNG.
The opening of the Skouw-Wutung border and the launch of direct flights between Port Moresby and Denpasar are positive steps in promoting economic cooperation and exchanges between the two countries.
Prime Minister Marape also congratulated President Jokowi on Indonesia’s success in chairing and organizing the ASEAN Summit, which is one of the important regional forums.
PNG also affirmed its support for Indonesia as a close neighbor and committed to strengthening bilateral relations.
During the meeting, several Indonesian government officials were also present, including the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of State Secretary.
This shows the importance of this meeting in strengthening cooperation between the two countries in various fields, including politics, economy, and security.