Jakarta (VNA) – Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte and President of Indonesia Joko Widodo committed to bolstering the two countries’ cooperation across economy, agriculture, and infrastructure development during their talks in Jakarta on November 23.

PM Mark Rutte is paying a three-day State visit to Indonesia. He is accompanied by executives from over 110 companies, education organisations and non-governmental organisations.

The two sides signed 38 memoranda of understanding and letters of intent, covering economic issues, water management, flood control, climate change and healthcare.

The Dutch PM stressed the important role of Indonesia, which is the Netherlands’s strategic partner, on the international stage, and noted the possibility of the two countries furthering their economic cooperation in the coming time.

He renewed his country’s commitments to helping Indonesia develop infrastructure, especially the construction of sea ports and the development of integrated sea dykes.

President Joko Widodo expressed his wish that the Netherlands will support Indonesia in negotiating the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between Indonesia and the European Union.

Trade between the two countries hit 3.5 billion USD and Dutch businesspeople invested in 421 projects worth 1.3 billion USD in Indonesia in 2015./.