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Indonesia and the Netherlands to strengthen cooperation

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Indonesia and the Netherlands have agreed to continue to enhance bilateral cooperation, the Foreign Ministry's director general for America and Europe, Dian Triansyah Djani, said.

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The agreement was reached at an economic commission meeting held in The Hague recently to follow up on the joint declaration on comprehensive partnership agreed in 2013.

The meeting was led by Dian Triansyah and Dutch Director General of Economic Cooperation Simon Smits, Danang Waskito of the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague, as reported by Antara news agency.

At the meeting the two countries agreed to prioritize maritime cooperation as part of Nawacita, a Sanksrit term for nine programs, which serves as the main vision of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's Cabinet.

The two delegations agreed to hold the third infrastructure forum in the Netherlands by involving private parties from the two countries and proposed the creation of an infrastructure, maritime and private sector working group to follow up on the outcome of the meeting.

Dian Triansyah said although Indonesia recorded a surplus of US$4 billion in its trade with the Netherlands, the two-way trade which reached $4.89 billion in 2014 was still far from expectations in view of the potential and close relationship between the two countries, Antara said.

He said Indonesia appealed to the Netherlands at the meeting to help increase the access of Indonesian commodities including palm oil products to the European market.

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