News ID: 173835
Published: 0804 GMT December 14, 2016

Iran, Indonesia determined to improve ties

Iran, Indonesia determined to improve ties

The visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo in separate meetings with the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and his Iranian counterpart President Hassan Rouhani Wednesday expressed the determination of his country to improve bilateral ties.

For details of Widodo’s meeting with the Leader see our website.

Iran and Indonesia signed several cooperation agreements in different areas following a meeting between the two countries' presidents in Tehran.

The agreements were in the areas of reciprocal legal assistance in penal affairs, extradition of criminals to their respective countries, electricity and renewable energies, and promotion of mutual investment, IRNA reported.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and visiting Indonesian counterpart, Joko Widodo also attended the signing ceremony on Wednesday.

The countries’ private sectors also signed eight documents of cooperation towards deepening relations.

Widodo, heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, arrived in Tehran on an official visit on Tuesday.

During a joint press conference with the Indonesian president, Rouhani said that cooperation between Iran and Indonesia can contribute to the security of the region and the Muslim world in general.

The visit by the Indonesian leader, who arrived in the Iranian capital on Tuesday at the head of a delegation, was also preceded by a joint business event.

“I am in no doubt that this cooperation will benefit stability and security in the region and the Muslim world,” said the Iranian president.

The Iranian chief executive said the bilateral ties have witnessed improvement since his 2015 visit to the Southeast Asian nation, and following the conclusion that year of a nuclear agreement between Tehran and six world powers.

“We value relations between Indonesia, as an important Muslim country in East Asia, and Iran, as an important country in West Asia,” he added.

Rouhani added that Iran will be providing Indonesia with crude oil, liquid gas and petrochemicals among other products, adding that Tehran and Jakarta have agreed that mutual trade take place directly, forgoing any third party.

The Indonesian president, in turn, described his trip to Tehran as a new chapter in Tehran-Jakarta relations, saying his talks earlier in the day focused on the promotion of bilateral ties in different areas, including energy and economy.

An Indonesian delegation would be travelling to Tehran in less than two months to follow up execution of the signed documents.

Also during the trip, the two sides agreed to cooperate in efforts to resolve the problems currently facing different parts of the Muslim world, including Yemen, Syria, and Myanmar.





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