Indonesia Calls for Expansion of Trade, Economic Ties with Iran

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Indonesian Foreign Minister Rento Marsudi called for the broadening of bilateral ties with Iran in economic and trade fields.

“We are looking for boosting cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran in investment, energy and trade,” Marsudi said, addressing a joint press conference with her Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Wednesday.

She pointed to the willingness of her country to broaden energy ties with Iran, and said, “The heads of Indonesian oil companies are accompanying me and our energy minister in this visit.”

Marsudi pointed to her meeting with Zarif earlier in the day, and said, “We discussed ways to strengthen economic relations and we want to boost cooperation in investment, energy and trade sectors with Iran.”

In a meeting earlier today, Zarif and Marsudi discussed bilateral ties and regional developments.

The Iranian and Indonesian foreign ministers underlined the need for the further expansion of mutual cooperation between Tehran and Jakarta.

The Iranian and Indonesian foreign ministers also discussed regional crises.

Marsudi’s visit to Tehran takes place at the invitation of her Iranian counterpart.

The Indonesian foreign minister is heading a high-ranking delegation comprising Indonesian energy minister, Indonesian president’s special envoy on the Middle East and head of Indonesia’s oil company.

In April, Iranian and Indonesian Presidents Hassan Rouhani and Joko Widodo in a meeting in Jakarta explored different avenues for the further consolidation of relations between the two countries.

Also in June, Indonesian Energy Minister Sudirman Said underlined that his country was keen to increase its long-term crude imports from Iran.

Jakarta is in talks with Tehran for a long-term oil supply deal to meet its rising demand for crude as the country is expanding its refineries,” Sudirman said.

He reiterated that his country was waiting for the removal of the western sanctions imposed against Tehran.

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