Monday, 27 May 2019 | 18:44 WIB

Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia Can Become Largest Rubber Producer in the World

Indonesia President Joko Widodo (ksp)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS - Indonesia President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo, accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi and Minister of State Secretary Pratiko received a courtesy visit from Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, at Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (03/13/2019).

In his statement to reporters, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi stated that several issues were discussed at the meeting, including bilateral issues, in which next year the relations between Indonesia and Thailand would be 70 years old.

On this occasion, President Jokowi specifically also addressed issues related to global rubber prices.

"Because Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia if combined into one, we will become the largest rubber producer in the world," said the Foreign Minister.

With the decline in world rubber prices, President Jokowi said that there were no other options for the three countries to strengthen cooperation so that rubber prices would not continue to fall.

"Earlier the Foreign Minister of Thailand expressed his commitment regarding cooperation in the context of preventing the decline in world rubber prices," said the Foreign Minister.

Bilateral Issues

Apart from bilateral issues and world rubber prices, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, President Jokowi also conveyed two things at the meeting with the Thai Foreign Minister, first related to the Rakhine State issue, the second was cooperation or the concept of cooperation between the Indo Pacific.

"Regarding the Rakhine State problem, the President conveyed once again that the importance of ASEAN's involvement in helping Myanmar in preparing for voluntary, peaceful and dignified repatriation," said the Foreign Minister.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs explained, today was the last day of the mission from the preliminary meet assessment team from the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Center) and ASEAN Secretariat.

So, continued the Foreign Minister, ASEAN has deployed the preliminary team from March 4 to March 13. Today, the Foreign Minister claimed to have received a report from the field while being briefed in Myanmar and after that they will return, one of the members and the team is from Indonesia.

After the preliminary team returns, it will be followed by a comprehensive team that will stay in Myanmar much longer. The Foreign Minister stressed, this was a follow up to the decision of the ASEAN Summit in Singapore in November last year.

"Indonesia, which conveyed initiatives like this, was responded positively by other ASEAN countries and Myanmar also opened its doors to ASEAN, so hopefully the deployment to comprehensively meet the assessment team will be carried out soon," said the Foreign Minister.

While regarding the Indo Pacific cooperation issue, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi conveyed, this was an initiative from Indonesia but Indonesia which was delivered to ASEAN, so that it would be an initiative of ASEAN and Thailand.