Turkey voices strong support for Indonesia’s G20 Presidency

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Jakarta – During a meeting of the two countries’ foreign ministers in Ankara on Friday, Turkey expressed strong support for Indonesia’s G20 presidency.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and her Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, discussed a wide range of bilateral and global issues during the meeting, including economic and health cooperation, the Ukraine conflict, the G20, and Palestine, according to a written statement released by the Indonesian Foreign Ministry on Saturday.

“We have a critical role in addressing the difficulties facing the world,” Marsudi added, citing Indonesia’s G20 presidency and Turkey’s power in MIKTA.

Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey, and Australia make up the MIKTA informal collaboration of middle powers.

The two foreign ministers agreed that supporting the G20’s core agendas of defeating the epidemic, strengthening global health resilience, and pushing digital transformation and energy transition is critical.

As the G20 Presidency, Indonesia will continue to cooperate with all member states to enhance dialogue and consultations. This would allow the G20 to continue to make a meaningful contribution to global pandemic recovery efforts while also reducing the impact of the Ukrainian conflict, she said.

The two foreign ministers agreed to host a MIKTA meeting on the sidelines of the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in July 2022 and to step up communication, notably on the situation in Ukraine and among G20 members.

They also decided to increase bilateral collaboration in order to assist the health and economic sectors in recovering from the pandemic’s effects.

“I hope the Indonesia-Turkey Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) is completed soon so that the two nations can expand their collaboration chances,” Marsudi added.

Concerning the Ukraine situation, she praised Turkey’s efforts in promoting peace talks, emphasizing the necessity of putting an end to the fighting in Ukraine as soon as possible and advocating for peaceful means of resolving the conflict.

Not only has the war in Ukraine had a tremendous impact on humanity, but it has also had a significant influence on global food and energy security.

As a result, she stated, all countries must contribute to the creation of an environment and conditions favourable to peace.

She went on to say, “Peace is anticipated to be achieved through the bargaining table.”

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