Prime Minister Visits Indonesia, India and Malaysia
(Republic of Indonesia)
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left on the government plane from Haneda Airport on August 19 to visit Indonesia, India and Malaysia. He arrived at Jakarta, the capital of the Republic of Indonesia, on the afternoon of the same day.
On the morning of the following day, August 20, Prime Minister Abe attended a welcome ceremony held at the Jakarta Presidential Palace, and then held a meeting with Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the President of the Republic of Indonesia. At the meeting, the two leaders agreed to strengthen cooperative relations based on the strategic partnership, which was agreed on in November last year upon President Yudhoyono's visit to Japan.
After the meeting, the two leaders signed an economic partnership agreement (EPA), with terms including an expansion of the bilateral trade and investment as well as stable supply of energy. They also signed the Joint Statement by Japan and the Republic of Indonesia on the Enhancement of the Cooperation on Climate Change, Environment and Energy Issues, which sets enhanced cooperation on combating global warming as a pillar.
After receiving a courtesy call from Mr. Muhammad Yusuf Kalla, the Vice President of Indonesia, Prime Minister Abe attended the Japan-Indonesia Business Forum together with President Yudhoyono, and delivered an address.
Afterwards, Prime Minister Abe delivered a policy speech, which will serve as a diplomatic policy of the Southeast Asian nations, to the representatives of the political, business and academic circles in Indonesia at a hotel in the city of Jakarta. In the policy speech, entitled "Japan and One ASEAN that Care and Share at the Heart of Dynamic Asia," Prime Minister Abe presented Japan's basic policy for ASEAN diplomacy, taking the opportunity of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
In the evening, Prime Minister and Mrs. Abe attended a dinner hosted by President Yudhoyono.
On the morning of the following day, August 21, Prime Minister Abe attended a meeting with people who had formerly studied in Japan. The Prime Minister then offered flowers at Kalibata Cemetery.
Having completed his itinerary in Indonesia, Prime Minister Abe left for India, the next destination of the tour.