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PH-Indonesia connections are essential for promoting economic stability, according to PBBM.

The collaboration between the Philippines and Indonesia is essential to maintaining economic stability in the post-pandemic future, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said in a message sent on Monday to Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Marcos gave this statement in a speech following his bilateral meeting with Widodo and representatives of the governments of the Philippines and Indonesia at the Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java.

“I emphasize to President Widodo my conviction that this alliance between Indonesia and the Philippines — but also these alliances we forge with all of our allies and friends across the world — will be crucial to our ability to maintain stability as we emerge from the epidemic economy. And we cooperate and support one another to advance regional prosperity and peace, said Marcos.

During their meeting, they talked about the difficulties the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is facing in light of the current epidemic and the significance of trade in fostering post-pandemic recovery.

Marcos stressed that Asean will be the “primary agent” in delivering peace during the present geopolitically unstable period and that Indonesia’s contributions and help will be a crucial component of this effort.

Marcos claimed that the Philippines and Indonesia decided to establish task teams that will frequently convene on a technical level as part of efforts to strengthen bilateral ties.

We keep trying to strengthen our friendship by expanding it. In fact, our discussions moved along so quickly that the President and I have already decided to form task forces to meet and talk about issues even at a technical level—no longer at a political or diplomatic level—in order to fully capitalize on the opportunities we believe are present and that we will need to take advantage of in the near future, said Marcos.

Additionally, he expressed gratitude to Indonesia for its support of and participation in the Duterte administration’s infrastructure plans as well as for its commitment to further enhancing bilateral cooperation.

“Kin of the Philippines”

Marcos also expressed gratitude to the Indonesian government and people for their gracious hospitality, referring to them as “kin” rather than just close neighbors or friends of the Philippines.

On my first state visit as president of the Philippines, he remarked, “I feel that we have made the right choice in going to Jakarta, and I believe that this is merely the beginning of many more things to come between Indonesia and the Philippines.”

Before their meeting, Marcos gave a separate speech in which he explained that the proximity of Indonesia’s geography and culture to his own made it an important choice for him to make.

“One of those is that we are connected in terms of our geographical proximity and our shared culture and ethnicity. And I believe that what will drive us to succeed as we gradually emerge from the epidemic economy will be the solid alliances that we forge, he continued.

Due to the government’s eagerness to further solidify their relationship, Marcos claimed he made the “correct option” by traveling to Indonesia first.

“Even though this is my first visit to Jakarta, as we glance around, it feels like home. We only felt Indonesia’s eagerness to work with the Philippines and to develop the alliance because you were so nice and welcoming to us, he said.

agreements made

The two nations also signed four agreements at the event:

*Plan of Action from 2022 to 2027 between the Republics of Indonesia and the Philippines.

*Memorandum of Understanding on Cultural Cooperation between the governments of the Republics of Indonesia and the Philippines

Between the governments of the Republics of Indonesia and the Philippines, there is an agreement on cooperative activities in the fields of defense and security.

*Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of the Republics of Indonesia and the Philippines about cooperation in the growth and promotion of the creative economy.

Marcos is now on a three-day state visit to Indonesia. He spoke with the Filipino community in Jakarta before meeting Widodo.

The official guestbook was signed by President Ferdinand Marcos and First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos upon their arrival at the Bogor Presidential Palace.

Widodo introduced the government officials who had gathered at the Palace to greet Marcos. According to Indonesia’s news agency Antara, the officials included Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, Minister of State Secretariat Pratikno, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno, Minister of Maritime and Investment Affairs Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, and Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD.

Agus Widjojo, the Indonesian ambassador to the Philippines, and Abdul Kadir Jailani, director general of the ministry of foreign affairs division of Asia-Pacific and African Affairs, were also on hand to greet the Philippine president.

They also chatted with the President and First Lady of Indonesia before participating in a formal tree-planting ceremony and having a veranda conversation.

With the inauguration of the Philippine Consulate on Jalan Imam Bonjol in Jakarta on November 24, 1949, diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Indonesia were formally established.

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