Albanese, Widodo hold defence, commerce and education talks
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has met with Republic of Indonesia President Joko Widodo in Sydney to discuss key defence, commerce, education, and diplomatic initiatives.
Both leaders welcomed progress made towards negotiation of a treaty-level Defence Cooperation Agreement, bilateral air services agreement and discussed Australia and Indonesia’s shared vision for an open, stable, and prosperous region during the Australia-Indonesia Annual Leaders’ Meeting on 5 July.
They also discussed new initiatives to improve visa offerings for Indonesian businesspeople and frequent travellers, mutual professional recognition for engineers, and new pathways for skills exchange under the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.
Prime Minister Albanese reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to ASEAN centrality and continued support for Indonesia’s priorities as the chair of ASEAN in 2023 under the Australia-Indonesia defence and security relationship.
“I thank President Widodo for joining me in Sydney today for warm and productive discussions at the Annual Leaders’ Meeting,” he said.