New Australian PM Chose Indonesia for First Foreign Visit

Willy Haryono    •    06 November 2015 17:11 WIB
New Australian PM Chose Indonesia for First Foreign Visit
New Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull answers a question after announcing his new cabinet at a press conference in Canberra on September 20, 2015. Turnbull announced the cabinet reshuffle, promoting more women to key positions just days after he, Jakarta: New Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, is to conduct its initial visit since he was selected last September. Turnbull will depart to Indonesia on November 12, 2015.

"The visit is extremely crucial as it is the first visit abroad following his inauguration as Prime Minister. Turnbull is to meet with Indonesian President to strengthen the foundation of both countries' relationship," mentioned the spokesperson of Indonesian Foreign Ministry, Arrmanatha Nasir, in a press briefing in Jakarta, Thursday (11/5/2015).

Arrmanatha explained that both countries will discuss the economic sector, as well as the People to People (PtP) as relationship supporter. The issue of food and farming will also become a discussion topic. One of the ideas attracting the interest of Turnbull, said Arrmanatha, is on information technology.

"Turnbull is interested as previously he was a minister in the field. He was also a businessman working in the field of information technology. Australia is committed to send their ministers to Indonesia in turns," said Arrmanatha.

Within the visit, it is hoped that an agreement from both countries are concluded to improve the economic sector, by conducting monthly visit by every Australian minister. The climax, set for November next year, is that Australian Trade Minister is hoped to bring a group of business people to conduct cooperation and investment in Indonesia. (Nabila Gita)


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