Indonesian, Chinese foreign ministers discuss Myanmar issue

Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi, discussed the developments in Myanmar with her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, during a visit to WuYi, Fujian province, China.

“We share concerns over the developments of the situation and do not want to see the Myanmar people suffer more and more,” Marsudi said in a press conference from China.

The Indonesian and Chinese governments stressed the importance of ending the immediate use of force and violence in Myanmar, and conducting a dialogue between relevant parties in the country.

Marsudi said China expressed support for the efforts and offers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to help Myanmar, including President Joko Widodo’s initiative to hold an ASEAN Summit to discuss the Myanmar issue.

Apart from China, Marsudi said, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had also voiced similar support in a conversation that took place two days ago.

Apart from discussing the developments in Myanmar, the Indonesian and Chinese foreign ministers also discussed Indo-Pacific cooperation in the context of the geopolitical situation.

“It is not for the first time we have discussed the issue. We both discussed this issue several times. I re-emphasize the principles of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific,” Marsudi said.

During the discussion with her Chinese counterpart, the Indonesian minister emphasized ASEAN’s openness to all partners in the implementation of cooperation in the context of the Indo-Pacific view, as well as efforts to continue to advance cooperation.

“Because we believe that confrontation will not benefit anyone,” she remarked.

She also emphasized the importance of consistently promoting inclusive cooperation with all partners during the talks in China.

In today’s challenging world, cooperation is increasingly important, and Indonesia will continue to be consistent in upholding the principles of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific, Marsudi said.

“By upholding these principles, ASEAN centrality will be maintained and the implementation of important cooperation is directed at economic cooperation that is concrete and mutually beneficial,” she added.

Foreign Minister Marsudi visited Fujian province with State-owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir and Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi.

On Friday, the three ministers held about 14 meetings to discuss various issues, including the geopolitical situation, vaccine cooperation, increased trade and investment activities, as well as consular cooperation, including efforts to strengthen protection for Indonesian crew members.

Source: Antara News

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