Indonesia and Saudi Arabia have agreed to strengthen cooperation through the Indonesia-Saudi Arabia Cooperation Committee established in 1982, Indonesian Foreign Ministry announced in a press release on May 27.

The agreement was reached at the May 26 talks between Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and his Saudi Arabian counterpart Adel bin Ahmed during Marsudi’s visit to Saudi Arabia.

The two sides also mentioned the possibility of establishing strategic partnership between Indonesia and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Saudi Arabia welcomed Indonesian state-run banks to open branches in Jeddah and promised to encourage its own investors to diversify operations in the Southeast Asia country.

Marsudi asked Saudi Arabia to help more Indonesian goods enter Gulf markets and Saudi Arabia in particular.

The two ministers also discussed citizen protection and urgent humanitarian assistance in Southeast Asia regarding Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants.

Saudi Arabia is one of the most important trade partners of Indonesia in the Gulf region. Two-way trade totalled 8.67 billion USD in 2014 and the number of Indonesia migrant workers in Saudi Arabia amount to nearly 1 million.-VNA