Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (Source: https://www.kemlu.go.id/)

Jakarta (VNA) – Indonesian and Australian senior officials have agreed to promote stability in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific during their bilateral meeting on the sideline of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney from March 17-18.

At the event, the officials applauded a maritime cooperation action plan signed between the two nations. They also debated their collaboration in term of digital technology

They hoped this plan and a discussion on communication and consultation related to the term “Indian Ocean – Pacific” will be implemented soon, thus creating stability in the region.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said the two sides also further discussed the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).

Negotiations between trade ministers of the two countries will be organisesd in April, towards reaching consensus on the agreement by the end of 2018, she noted.

Indonesia and Australia agreed on the win-win cooperation principle in implementing the CEPA, affirming that the deal is not only a trade project but also a cooperation project between the two nations.

Foreign and defence ministers of the two countries also met for the Fifth 2 2 Meeting on March 16 in Sydney.-VNA