State Visit to Australia by the President of the Republic of Indonesia

State Visit to Australia by the President of the Republic of Indonesia

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

On 8 February, His Excellency Mr Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, was welcomed to Canberra as a Guest of Government.

The President’s busy schedule began on Sunday morning with a Ceremonial Welcome at Government House, followed by a State Lunch hosted by the Governor-General and Mrs Hurley. President Widodo then paid a visit to Mt Ainslie and took inspiration for the planning of Indonesia’s new capital in East Kalimantan. Prime Minister Morrison then hosted the President for dinner at The Lodge.

The final day of the President’s program was centred around Parliament House, beginning with a one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Morrison, followed by bilateral talks. The two leaders welcomed the imminent ratification of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA‑CEPA), and discussed maritime issues, defence and security, counter-terrorism, cybersecurity, transnational crime and education. Following the bilateral talks, the two leaders gave a joint press statement. President Widodo then delivered an Address to Members and Senators of the Parliament of Australia in the House of Representatives, where he declared Australia to be “Indonesia’s closest friend”.

President Widodo’s successful visit underscored Indonesia and Australia’s longstanding relationship as neighbours, friends and Comprehensive Strategic Partners.