The Prime Minister met the Indonesian President Joko Widodo today at Downing Street.
They discussed a broad range of issues, including co-operation on security and counter-extremism. The Prime Minister offered his condolences over the loss of life in the attacks in Jakarta earlier this year, and committed to continued counter-terrorism and counter-extremism support, including co-operation and advice from our police and security agencies. The Prime Minister and President agreed that as the world’s most populous Muslim-majority state, Indonesia had a vital role to play in countering extremism globally as the voice of moderate, peaceful Islam.
They also shared thoughts on addressing other global issues, including anti-corruption and transparency where they agreed on importance of addressing these issues to ensure economic growth.
They discussed how to strengthen the bilateral trade relationship, including through today’s agreement for Indonesia’s national airline to upgrade its aircraft to a new Airbus model with Rolls-Royce engines, in a deal worth nearly £1 billion to the UK economy. And they considered new commercial opportunities, such as in infrastructure, particularly around the 2018 Asian Games, and the creative industries.
They discussed the positive progress on an ambitious EU-Indonesia free trade agreement, agreeing this held huge potential for both our countries, making it easier and cheaper for businesses to invest and trade.
They also discussed the importance of respect for human rights, with the Prime Minister reiterating our longstanding and long-stated opposition to the use of the death penalty.