The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Marty Natalegawa and his
Portuegese counterpart, Foreign Minister Rui Machete shared the view that Indonesia and Portugal would
promote more concrete bilateral cooperations. The two ministers emphasized the importance of immediately implementing
bilateral agreements on economic cooperation and cultural cooperation signed
during the visit of H.E. President Anibal Cavaco Silva of Portugal to Indonesia in May 2012.
“Bilateral trade figures
between the two countries in the period of January – Oktober 2013 show positive
progress, compared to bilateral trade figures in the same period in 2012. Despite the positive trend, there remain ample of rooms and untapped
potentials to explore further to double up bilateral trade values of the two
countries”, said Minister Marty Natalegawa.
Foreign Minister Marty
Natalegawa held a bilateral
meeting with Portugese Foreign Minister, Rui Machete, on 27 January 2014 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
Portugal. This meeting is a follow up to two ministers’ meeting at the
sidelines of the 68th UNGA meeting in New York last year, to discuss more
concrete programs for bilateral cooperations. Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa
was on official visit to Lisbon, Portugal on 26 – 27 January 2014.
Besides discussing bilateral relations, the two ministers
also shared their views
on regional and global issues of common interest, such as the current development of ASEAN and in the Southeast and
East Asian regions.
Foreign Minister Natalegawa also infomed Foreign Minister
Rui Machete that Indonesia will host the
Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilization in Bali, 28 –
29 August 2014, and looks forward to working together to make
the Forum success in further deepen understanding among the stakeholders in
inter-cultural and inter-region dialogues from all over the world.