The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met today with his Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi, on the margins of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ and Development Ministers’ Meeting in Italy.
Both Ministers highlighted the strong bilateral relationship and cooperation between Canada and Indonesia in many areas, including support for the international rules-based order, trade and investment.
The two Ministers discussed the importance of working together toward a greener economy, the post-COVID recovery and expanding access to vaccines to lower income countries. Both expressed grave concern at the ongoing situation in Myanmar and agreed on the need for inclusive political dialogue as a critical step in peacefully resolving this crisis. Minister Garneau thanked Indonesia’s resolved efforts within ASEAN in responding to this crisis, and in advancing the swift implementation of ASEAN’s 5-point consensus. He reiterated Canada’s readiness to support ASEAN in these ongoing efforts.
The Ministers also welcomed the launch of negotiations between the two countries toward a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, which will support sustainable economic growth, help facilitate increased trade and investment, and reinforce both countries’ shared commitment to open markets and rules-based trade.
In closing, Minister Garneau congratulated Indonesia on taking on the next G20 presidency. Both Ministers look forward to working together in support of an inclusive, sustainable and resilient global recovery.