“Indonesia is a very important partner because it is a stable multi-cultural democracy, the largest economy in South-East Asia and a member of the G20. Our strategic partnership offers a sound basis on which to develop our relations in several areas: on the economic front, Indonesia is among Italy’s top commercial partners among the ASEAN Countries. Last year our trade volumes reached 3 billion, with an ample margin for boosting bilateral cooperation in sectors such as those of energy, urban development, logistics, the agro-industry, and maritime trade.”
This was the statement made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, at the end of his meeting with the foreign minister of Indonesia, Retno Marsudi. The meeting, which was held at the Farnesina, in addition to focusing on the two Countries’ bilateral relations, also addressed EU-Indonesia cooperation efforts, migration, and combating terrorism and climate change.