Cairo and Jakarta agree to strengthen economic and development cooperation

Indonesian President Joko Widodo held talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Jakarta on Friday.

The two sides agreed to strengthen bilateral economic and development cooperation and discussed several topics of common interest.

A cabinet statement revealed on Friday that Shoukry handed Widodo a letter from President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi discussing all means of bilateral cooperation between the two countries and ways to strengthen them.

Sissi also briefed Widodo on the ongoing preparations to host the COP27 United Nations Climate Change Conference 2022 in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Shoukry said Egypt was eager to give more impetus to all aspects of bilateral relations, according to Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez.

He stressed the importance of continuing consultations to coordinate positions in accordance with the aspirations of the two friendly peoples.

Shoukry arrived in Jakarta as part of an Asian tour he launched last week which included Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

He will then travel to Pakistan to attend the 48th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to be held in Islamabad on March 22.

Hafez said Shoukry also met with Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani on Friday and discussed with him aspects of promoting economic ties and exploring cooperation opportunities in various development fields.

He then signed a memorandum of understanding with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi to establish a joint Indonesian-Egyptian committee.

Shoukry signed another memorandum of understanding with the Minister of Environment and Forests Siti Nurbaya Bakar to cooperate in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development.