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Indonesia, Tajikistan discuss expansion of economic cooperation

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) held a bilateral meeting with Tajikistans President Emomali Rahmon, discussing expansion of trade cooperation.

Trade between the two countries in the first five months of 2016 was valued at US$37,200. In the whole of 2015, the trade value was US$69,800, the Indonesian foreign affairs ministry said in a statement here, Monday.

Indonesia exported soap, lubricant oil, electronic goods, etc, to Tajikistan and imports from that country cotton, hard rubber and derivatives.

President Jokowi said the business cooperation between the two countries needs to expansion for mutual benefit.

For that purpose the government invited Tajikistan business leaders to take part in an Indonesian Trade Expo to be held in October, 2016, the foreign ministry said.

President Emomali is visiting Indonesia at the head of a 10-men delegation including Tajikistan foreign minister, trade minister, industry and new technology minister , head of the national committee for investment and head of the Tajikistan National Bank.

President Emomali is visiting the country to attend the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) to be opened here on Tuesday.

The Tajikistan president visited Indonesia earlier to attend the commemoration of the Asia Africa Conference in Bandung in April, 2015.

Indonesia and Tajikistan opened diplomatic relations in 1994.

The Indonesian government said it would follow up a cooperation agreement on textile sector with Tajikistan.

Follow up step would be taken in economic cooperation in textile sector including cotton processing industry, Jokowi said.

The two leaders also discuss various other issues including security, political affairs and diplomatic cooperation.

Jokowi said Indonesia and Tajikistan agreed to strengthen cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

“We also exchange views on global strategic issues for mutual benefit. Indonesia welcomes the signing of four cooperation documents including about visa free travel, the fight against terrorism, exchange of intelligence and finance related to money laundering and terrorism financing and diplomatic education and training,” Jokowi said.

Emomali said Indonesia has potential economic capacity, which is significant especially in southeast Asia.

Tajikistan has invited Indonesia business leaders to tale part in investment projects including regional programs in Tajikistan.

He said the two countries agreed to support each other and strengthen cooperation in international organization forums on global and regional issues.

“The two countries share the same view on how to cope with terrorism and Islamophobia,” he said.

Source: www.antaranews.com, 1 August 2016