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  The Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council meets the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia

GCC- Jakarta
The Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani met on Wednesday, 28 August 2019, at the MOFA headquarters in Jakarta, HE Retno Marsudi, the Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs; to discuss relations of joint cooperation between the GCC and the Republic of Indonesia and means of developing these relations to achieve their common interests, in addition to the latest political and security developments in the Gulf region and East Asia, and issues of common interest.
The Secretary General expressed his pleasure to visit the friendly Republic of Indonesia and to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the GCC Secretariat and the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reaffirming the common desire to intensify joint efforts to strengthen the GCC-Indonesian partnership and cooperation in various fields.
Dr. Al-Zayani stressed their Majesties and Highnesses the leaders of the GCC States keenness and their interest in developing relations with various brotherly and friendly countries, pointing that Indonesia is a brotherly country that has historic and close ties with the GCC states and occupies an important position internationally. He pointed out the importance of strengthening the GCC-Indonesian relations and developing areas of joint cooperation between both sides, adding that the trade exchange between the two sides doubled during the past years to about 10 billion dollars in 2018 while in 2001 was 2.8 billion, and the two friendly sides have a good opportunity to increase and expand cooperation.
The Secretary General also extended his congratulations to the Indonesian Government, represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for its membership of the Security Council, praising the active role the Council plays in defending international issues related to justice, peace and security.
For her part, the Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs expressed her hope that the cooperation relations between Indonesia and the GCC will witness further development, especially after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, stressing the importance of economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two sides, and the need to intensify joint meetings and increase trade exchange between them.
The Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs, in the presence of the GCC Ambassadors in Jakarta, signed a memorandum of understanding on consultation mechanisms to coordinate the efforts and strengthen the cooperation and consultation between the two sides to achieve their common interests in all areas.
The Memorandum of Understanding states that the two sides shall hold regular consultations under the chairmanship of the Secretary General and the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Indonesia with the aim to explore areas of cooperation and establish appropriate mechanisms for their implementation. It also states that the consultations to be held by the two sides will address political and economic issues of common interest and the cooperation in the fields of culture and communication between peoples.
The meeting was attended by, Dr. Abdulaziz Hamad Al-Owaishek, the Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Negotiations, senior officials of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, and the Secretary General accompanying delegation.