Indonesian President Jokowi Meets with Malaysian PM Anwar Ibrahim, Discuss US-China Rivalry

- 11 January 2023 14:43 WIB
Malaysia's Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim (left) visited Indonesia on Monday, January 9, 2023. It was his first overseas trip since he was inaugurated last November. (Photo courtesy of setkab.go.id)
Malaysia's Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim (left) visited Indonesia on Monday, January 9, 2023. It was his first overseas trip since he was inaugurated last November. (Photo courtesy of setkab.go.id)

JAKARTADAILY.ID – Indonesian President Joko Widodo hosted Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim at Bogor presidential palace in Bogor, West Java, on Monday, January 9, 2023. 

The two Southeast Asian leaders discussed the rivalry between the United States and China, two superpower nations, among other bilateral and regional issues. Special topics regarding Indonesia's New Capital City also received attention during the meeting.

This was the Malaysian premier’s first overseas trip since he was inaugurated last November.

"I am a little bit sentimental and Mr. President knows that Indonesia has a special place in my heart. I learned a lot and received many experiences (in Indonesia)," Anwar said, as quoted from Indonesia's Cabinet secretary's official website

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The Malaysian Foreign Ministry posted a statement on Twitter saying that during the meeting both leaders also took stock of the progress of bilateral cooperation and explored potential new cooperation and promote joint efforts in addressing regional and global challenges.

"Both Leaders also exchanged views on the situation in Myanmar, the rivalry between the United States and China, and joint efforts in addressing discrimination against palm oil," the statement said.

Anwar, on his official Instagram account @anwaribrahim_my, said that there were nine memoranda of understanding signed between Malaysia and Indonesia, which projects include in the fields of electronics, health, waste management, construction, and property.

"Via this cooperation, Malaysia is officially stating (its) interest to participate in the development of a new capital city for Indonesia," he said on his Instagram account.

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