1. The 4th Joint Commission Meeting between the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Indonesia was held in Seoul, Korea on March 31.
2. The two ministers noted with satisfaction that President Joko Widodo’s official visit to the ROK in July 2022 and President Yoon Suk Yeol’s visit to Bali on the occasion of the G20 Summit in November 2022 had created new momentum for enhancing cooperation between the two countries. As the year 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between the ROK and Indonesia, the two ministers agreed to deepen bilateral relations even further.
3. Minister Park noted that many Korean companies were continuing to invest in Indonesia, the biggest economy in Southeast Asia and a country rich in resources such as nickel. He asked for the Indonesian government’s full support for Korean companies investing in Indonesia.
4. Minister Retno expressed hope that more Korean companies would participate in the Indonesian government’s key projects, namely a creation of an electric vehicle ecosystem and construction of a new capital city “Nusantara.” She promised the Indonesian government’s support for the participation of Korean companies.
5. Minister Park shared the Korean government’s plan to implement the Korea-ASEAN Solidarity Initiative (KASI), which was unveiled by President Yoon at the 23rd ASEAN-ROK Summit in November 2022. He emphasized the ROK’s will to work closely with Indonesia, the ROK’s key partner in the region, in achieving freedom, peace, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.
6. Minister Retno welcomed the launch of KASI and expressed hope that the ROK would continue to support Indonesia’s ASEAN chairmanship this year.
7. The two ministers exchanged in-depth views on regional and international issues including the Korean Peninsula, Myanmar, and the South China Sea. In particular, the two ministers shared their concerns about North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, and Minister Park expressed hope that ASEAN would continue to send out a clear and resolute message against North Korea’s unlawful activities.
ㅇMinister Retno welcomed the recent progress made in Korea-Japan relations and hoped that this would contribute to further cooperation and stability in the region.
8. The Joint Commission Meeting, which was held on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Korea-Indonesia diplomatic relations, served as an opportunity to deepen the Special Strategic Partnership between the ROK and Indonesia, this year’s ASEAN Chair, for a full-fledged implementation of KASI.