Prime Minister John Key and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met for the first time at the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Lima , Peru , in 21 November 2008. The APEC meeting gave both leaders an excellent opportunity to meet. The Indonesian President accompanied by several members of the cabinet and parliament was the first leader with whom Mr Key met in Lima, during his first week as Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Discussion at the bilateral meeting between the two leaders in Lima , as well as at the APEC Leaders’ Retreat, focused on the global financial crisis, the WTO Doha Round, regional economic integration and climate change. President Yudhoyono and Prime Minister Key said that they looked forward to building on the strong relationship that already existed.