JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister of Malaysia Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin encouraged the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) foreign ministers meeting to discuss Myanmar situation. Both leaders also discussed various regional and economic issues when they met at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, on Friday (02/05).
“We are concerned about political developments in Myanmar and we hope that political differences can be resolved in accordance with applicable laws. As a family, we ask for two foreign ministers to speak with the ASEAN Chair to explore holding a special meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers on Myanmar’ development,” said head of the state in a joint press statement with Yassin after the bilateral meeting.
While, Malaysian Prime Minster, asserted this current condition is a step backwards in the democratic process in Myanmar. Apart discussing on Myanmar, the two also discussed the protecting of Indonesian workers to discrimination against palm oil.
On the palm oil issues, President Widodo emphasized that Indonesia will continue to fight against the discrimination by global community. Yassin also expressed his concerns regarding the anti-palm oil campaign, especially in Europe, Australia and Oceania. He rated, the campaign is groundless and contrary to the commitments of the European Union (EU) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding free trade.
“This anti-palm oil campaign is baseless and does not reflect the sustainability of the world palm oil industry and contradicts the EU and WTO commitments on free trade practices,” said Yassin.
President Widodo also welcomed the principle agreement on the travel corridor arrangement among the two countries. Another important talked was on the COVID-19 issues. Efforts would also be intensified to revitalize trade and investment between the two countries during the pandemic period.
“Preliminary discussions have started at the working level. I hope both sides can step up talks to work out the standard operating procedure for the implementation of the Reciprocal Green Lane scheme,” concluded by the prime minister.
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