Jakarta (VNA) - Indonesia and Thailand held the 9th Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) in Yogyakarta city of Indonesia on July 5 to seek ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation, according to ANTARA News.

The 9th JCM was chaired by Director General Asia Pacific and Africa-Indonesia of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Desra Percaya and Deputy Permanent Secretary of Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Damrong Kraikruan.

At the meeting, the two sides shared the same views over the importance of the 9th JCM, as five years have passed since the 8th meeting was held in Bangkok in 2013.

JCM is a strategic avenue for both countries to review and also renew commitments to enhancing and strengthening the Indonesia-Thailand bilateral friendship, as well as to bring real benefits to the people of both countries.

Both countries agreed on potential and opportunities to be explored in order to strengthen the relations and cooperation in various sectors, mainly politics and security, economy, legal and consular issues, and social culture.

Statistics indicated that the total value of trade between Indonesia and Thailand reached 15.74 billion USD in 2017.

Indonesia exported to Thailand mainly iron ore, coal, vehicle spare parts, pulp and paper, and seafood products, while importing automotive products.

Thailand`s investment in Indonesia amounted to 220 million USD last year.-VNA