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President Joko Widodo Meets Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia at G20 Summit

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman (nbcnews)

OSAKA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesia President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo has conducted a bilateral meeting with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammad bin Salman at the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Japan. One of the topics discussed between the two was energy.

The bilateral meeting was held on the sidelines of the second day of the G20 Summit at Intex Osaka, Japan, Saturday (06/29/2019).

In the meeting, President Jokowi put forward several things. First, related to the plan to form a High-level Consultative Council proposed by Saudi Arabia.

As a follow-up to Indonesia's seriousness in this regard, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi discussed it with Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf when the two met on the sidelines of the OIC meeting in Jeddah, May 29, 2019.

"I hope that the formation of the council can be inaugurated along with His Holiness's visit to Indonesia which was delayed," said President Jokowi, as stated by the Deputy of Protocol, Press and Media of the Presidential Secretariat Bey Machmudin.

The second issue raised by President Jokowi was cooperation between Pertamina and Aramco.

Regarding this, the foreign ministers of the two countries have discussed it in Jeddah and agreed to encourage the ministerial meeting of the two countries.

As a follow up, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan, SOE Minister Rini Soemarno, and Pertamina Managing Director Nicke Widyawati had a meeting with Saudi Arabia's Minister of Energy Khalid Al-Falih on the sidelines of the G20 Energy Ministerial Meeting, June 16 2019 in Japan .

It is expected that the cooperation discussion will be completed in October 2019 so that cooperation can be carried out immediately.

Indonesia is also ready to send a team to discuss other cooperation, for example in the field of petrochemicals.

On this occasion, President Jokowi also expressed Indonesia's desire to participate in the economic revolution to achieve the Saudi vision of 2030.

At present Indonesia has two SOEs, namely Wijaya Karya and Waskita Karya, which are experienced and have representative offices in Saudi Arabia.

"I convey that Indonesian construction SOEs are ready to support development in the housing sector or for the construction of NEOM projects," Jokowi said.

In addition, President Jokowi also expressed Indonesia's interest in being involved in the Saudi Arabia railway sector project. For this reason, the President wants the team from both parties to meet to discuss this matter specifically.