Signing of the Joint Communiqué Regarding the Establishment of the Diplomatic Relations

On the sideline of the High Level Panel of Eminent Personalities of the South, 7 - 9 May 2013, in Natadola, Fiji, Indonesia and Kiribati signed the Joint Communiqué concerning the establishment of Bilateral Relations between the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Government of Republic of Kiribati on 8 May 2013.
The Joint Communiqué was signed by H.E. Mr. Wardana, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia and H.E. Reteta Rimon, Kiribati High Commissioner to Fiji.
At the signing ceremony, both the Indonesian Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Kiribati High Commissioner expressed the interest of their respective governments to co-oporate closely in the bilateral and multilateral fields to achieve mutual benefit. Furthemore, they expressed the desire to furthe deepen the present level of co-operation between the two countries in various areas.

Moreover, H.E. Mr. Wardana, Indonesia Vice Minister fo Foreign Affairs paid a courtesy call to H.E. Mr. Anote Tong, President of the Republic of Kiribati, the day before the signing of the Joint Communiqué, to discuss the possibility of engaging in further cultural exchange experiences and capacity building programs between the two countries. The potentials areas discussed were fisheries, trade and human resource development programs.
Indonesia also offered for Kiribati to participate in the "International Training on Mareine Protected Areas Management Plainning for Pacific Countries" that will be held in Tegal, Indonesia in June, to which H.E. Mr. Anote Tong accepted the offer with much pleasure.

In addition, through the agreement, Indonesia also hopes to assist Kiribati to make a significant contribution to improving and developing their natural resources.