President Erdoğan is in Indonesia.
President Erdoğan is in Indonesia.

Having paid an official visit to China, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Indonesia. Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu accompanied President Erdoğan during his visit which covered bilateral political and economic relations as well as regional and international developments

President Erdoğan first visited Indonesia’s National Security Institute within the scope of his contacts in Indonesia. Delivering a conference titled “Turkish Foreign Policy”, President Erdoğan underlined the fact that Turkey spares no effort to strengthen peace, tranquility and cooperation at both the regional and international level. President Erdoğan stated that Turkey follows an active foreign policy at all corners of the world from Asia-Pacific to Latin America thanks to its humanitarian aid, economic activities and contributions to international organizations.

Speaking at the conference, President Erdoğan also said that Turkey has initiated numerous trilateral dialogue mechanisms to resolve regional conflicts and has established many high level strategic councils. President Erdoğan added that alongside with EFTA states Turkey signed FTAs with 22 countries, agreements for avoidance of double taxation with 80 countries and agreements on promotion and protection of investment with 93 countries. President Erdoğan also asserted that Turkey has taken part in important initiatives such as UN's Alliance of Civilisation and Mediation for Peace and has collaborated with regional organisations.

President Erdoğan said that Turkey and Indonesia work in harmony in both bilateral and multilateral platforms, that strong political, social and economic relations to be built between Indonesia, the pioneer country of Asia-Pacific and Turkey, key country of Eurasia, will benefit both the people of two countries and the whole world. President Erdoğan reiterated Turkey’s sincerity to this end and his pleasure to see Indonesia act with the same feeling.

At the conference, President Erdoğan emphasised Turkey’s commitment in the fight against terrorism and articulated his desire to work more closely with Indonesia at the Global Counterterrorism Forum. President Erdoğan also underlined the importance of fighting together against tendencies such as xenophobia, discrimination, racism and Islamophobia.

After the conference, President Erdoğan visited Kalibata Heroes Cemetery and laid a wreath. President Erdoğan was later welcomed with the official welcoming ceremony by President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo and headed meetings with delegations with his counterpart.

Speaking at the joint press conference organized following the meetings, President Widodo stated that they will take steps to sign a FTA this year and achieve full economic potential between two states. President Widodo added that Indonesia plans to cooperate with Turkey in many sectors.

Following the joint press conference President Erdoğan met with Setya Novanto, Speaker of People’s Representative Council, Jusuf Kalla, Vice President of Indonesia and Jusuf Habibie, Indonesia’s third President.