Deals on economy, culture, defense inked during Marcos’ state visit to Indonesia

BOGOR, Indonesia — Four agreements on economy, culture, and defense were signed Monday during President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s state visit here.advertisement

The agreements, which were presented to Marcos and Indonesian President Joko Widodo before the two delivered their joint statements at the Istana Bogor, were the following:

  • Plan of Action between the Government of Republic of Indonesia and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines from 2022 to 2027, presented by Minister for Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi and DFA Secretary Enrique Manalo;
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Republic of Indonesia and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines on Cultural Cooperation, presented by Minister for Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi and DFA Secretary Enrique Manalo;
  • Agreement on Cooperative Activities in the Field of Defense and Security between the Government of Republic of Indonesia and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, presented by the Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto and Senior Undersecretary of the Department of Defense Jose Faustino Jr.; and
  • Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in the Development and Promotion of Creative Economy between the Government of Republic of Indonesia and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, presented by Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno and DTI Secretary Alfredo Pascual

In his statement, Marcos said he and Jokowi talked “at length” about the role the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should play “while we face the difficulties in this very volatile time in geopolitics not only in our region but also in the rest of the world.”

Marcos also thanked Indonesia “for the assistances and their involvement in the infrastructure programs of my predecessor, President [Rodrigo] Duterte, and their continuing commitment not only to go on with these programs but to increase the volume and the closeness between our two countries.”

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