TruePapua.com – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Retno LP Marsudi encouraged all countries to uphold non-interference principle in maintaining bilateral relationship.
The statement was delivered in the bilateral meeting with The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Solomon Islands, ge Milner Tozaka on the sidelines of 71st UN General Assembly, (20/9).
It was a response to Minister Tozaka’s earlier statement which emphasized his country’s respect for Indonesia’s territorial integrity and non-interference principle from the UN Charter.
The two ministers agreed to maintain a strong cooperation in the bilateral context and regional forums such as Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF).
“Indonesia always pays attention to the pacific countries in order to create a better development in the region”, Minister Retno said.
In addition, both countries were also committed to enhance their economic cooperation because Indonesia was Solomon Islands’ 16th biggest export and 6th largest import partner.
The trade value between the two countries even reached Rp 20.43 million in 2015. Those figures reflected the importance of this bilateral relationship so that Indonesia and Solomon Islands expanded their cooperation into other fields.
At this moment, the two countries are in the process of making Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of infrastructure, visa exemption for diplomatic and official passports, education, culture and transportation.
Solomon Islands also actively participated in the capacity building program by Indonesia.
The country had sent 95 participants (October 1999 – 2015) for Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship Program (BSBI), Darmasiswa and other capacity building programs such as agriculture, renewable energy, navigation, fisheries, diplomacy, journalistic and small-medium enterprises.
Since democracy becomes one of the common interests, Minister Retno also invited Minister Tozaka to attend Bali Democracy Forum this December.