Indonesian President arriving today for introductory state visit

Indonesian President Joko Widodo is arriving today for his introductory State Visit to the Philippines on the invitation of President Benigno Aquino III. The Indonesian President is staying in the country until February 10, 2015.

As a tradition between ASEAN countries, a newly elected head-of-state visits ASEAN Member States as soon as he can. Widodo was inaugurated as President of the Republic of Indonesia on October 20, 2014. He is on a three-state travel, from Malaysia and Brunei – Philippines is his final stop.

Two state heads will meet and talk on issues of migrant workers, maritime cooperation, defense, trade and investment, and people-to-people exchanges.

“The Philippines and Indonesia enjoy excellent bilateral relations and cooperate extensively in numerous areas. The two countries recently signed the landmark Agreement Concerning the Delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone Boundary, on May 23, 2014, effectively clarifying the maritime boundary between Southern Mindanao and North Sulawesi in Indonesia,” Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines said.