European Union and Indonesia hold 6th Political Dialogue: Joint Press Release
The 6th Political Dialogue under the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union (EU) and Indonesia took place on 22 March 2022 in Brussels.
The Dialogue covered a wide range of issues of common concern related to bilateral EU-Indonesia cooperation as well as regional and international issues, including the Russian aggression against Ukraine, EU-ASEAN relations, multilateral cooperation, global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, global foreign policy developments and Indonesia’s G20 Presidency.
The EU and Indonesia exchanged views on recent regional security developments, where they agreed on the need to find peaceful and inclusive solutions to conflicts while respecting principles of international law and the UN Charter. Both delegations expressed grave concern regarding the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and deplored in the strongest terms the aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine in violation of the UN Charter. The EU and Indonesia renewed their call for an immediate cessation of the use of force and a withdrawal of all Russian military forces from the territory of Ukraine. International humanitarian law must be respected and safe and unhindered access to humanitarian assistance for those in need in Ukraine must be allowed. Both the EU and Indonesia agreed to continue to work together closely and stand up for the international rules-based order, the principles of sovereignty and non-aggression as well as for a peaceful diplomatic solution through diplomacy.
Both parties also shared their analyses on other major foreign policy issues such as Afghanistan, the Middle East Peace Process and the situation in Myanmar. The EU and Indonesia delegations took note of the ASEAN Special Envoy’s visit to Myanmar and reiterated the need for timely implementation of the ASEAN Five Points Consensus of 24 April 2021 in its entirety in order to pave the way for engaging all stakeholders towards national dialogue and reconciliation. Indonesia took note of the appointment of an EU Special Envoy for Myanmar. The EU underlined the EUSE’s readiness to coordinate closely with the ASEAN and UN Special Envoys in support of their efforts to bring about a resolution to the crisis in Myanmar. Both delegations agreed on the importance of the continued implementation of the EU-funded Integrated Programme for Enhancing the Capacity of the AHA Centre and the ASEAN Emergency Response Mechanisms.
Sharing the same values, the EU and Indonesia underlined the importance of strengthening the international rules-based order and reiterated their commitment to multilateralism and to continuing to promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and in Europe. The EU congratulated Indonesia on its strong leadership as the current holder of the G20 presidency with the theme “Recover Together, Recover Stronger” and encouraged the presidency to address existing and new challenges. Both parties agreed on the importance of SMEs and the digital economy in the design of global economic recovery policies. The EU reiterated its willingness to build on the close cooperation with Indonesia and ASEAN during the Indonesian ASEAN Chairmanship in 2023.
The EU and Indonesia also discussed the EU-ASEAN relationship more generally, which has grown significantly over the past few years, and agreed to continue working on the further deepening of relations in light of the EU-ASEAN Summit in December 2022 to commemorate the 45th anniversary of EU-ASEAN Dialogue Relations.
The EU and Indonesia discussed the EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific. Both sides agreed to build on and reinforce synergies between both strategies in order to further strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation with all partners in the Indo-Pacific region in an inclusive manner. The EU highlighted the priority areas for EU action identified in the strategy, including sustainable and inclusive prosperity; green transition; connectivity; security and defence; and human security.
The EU and Indonesia underscored the Global Gateway initiative adopted by the European Commission in December 2021 and the EUR 300 billion of investments globally to be mobilised by Team Europe between 2021 and 2027 to boost smart, clean and secure links in digital, energy and transport sectors and to strengthen health, education and research systems across the world. Indonesia expressed hope that this initiative would also have a positive impact on attaining non-discriminatory sustainable development in Southeast Asia and offer partnership opportunities for Indonesia. Both parties agreed to further explore the potential for a Just Energy Transition Partnership to support Indonesia in achieving its climate goals.
Both delegations provided updates on their respective COVID-19 situation as well as recovery and resilience efforts and agreed to continue to work closely on vaccine multilateralism, ensuring access of vaccine to all, as well as kick-starting a sustainable and inclusive economic recovery.
The EU and Indonesia expressed their expectation for the recovery of the JCPOA deal as a major contribution to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Mr Enrique Mora, Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service, and Mr Ngurah Swajaya, Director-General for American and European Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, co-chaired the Political Dialogue.