May 30, 2024

In Bali, Biden meets with President of world’s third largest democracy, Joko Widodo of Indonesia

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Monday met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Bali, Indonesia, ahead of the G20 summit on Tuesday, and both leaders discussed a range of issues, including the upcoming 2023 chairmanship of ASEAN.

The White House said in a readout that President Biden underscored the importance of the U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership and the two leaders discussed ways to strengthen it.

Mr. Biden also congratulated Indonesia on a successful G20 and G20 Presidency and expressed support for Indonesia’s leadership in the Indo-Pacific as the world’s third largest democracy and a strong proponent of the international rules-based order.

“The two leaders also discussed Indonesia’s upcoming 2023 chairmanship of ASEAN, with President Biden reiterating the United States’ commitment to ASEAN centrality and our support for the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific,” the White House said.

READ – Remarks by President Biden and President Joko Widodo of Indonesia Before Bilateral Meeting

12:34 P.M. WITA
PRESIDENT WIDODO:  (As interpreted.)  President Biden, welcome to Bali.  Welcome to Indonesia.
PRESIDENT WIDODO:  (As interpreted.)  I really appreciate the presence of President Biden at this G20 Summit.  And, once again, I really appreciate your presence here.  And tomorrow, we will discuss and start the G20 Summit.  And I hope that the G20 Summit will be able to produce complete cooperation that will help global economic recovery.
PRESIDENT BIDEN:  Well, as I told you, Mr. President, I don’t think I’m going home.  (Laughter.)  (Inaudible) you had me staying on the beach.  I — I don’t know.  (Laughter.)
It’s great to see you again, Jokowi.  This is a — you’ve been a good friend.  I was happy to welcome you, back in May, at the White House.  And I want to thank you for your hospitality and your support of this G20.  You’ve done a wonderful job thus far.
Indonesia is a vibrant and critical, critical partner.  As two of the largest democracies in the world, we’re working together to preserve the rule-based system and international order, and to uphold human rights.
And together, we’re pursuing a better future.  We’ve finalized a new partnership, through the Millennium Challenge Corporation, to invest nearly $700 million in developing high-quality transportation and infrastructure here in Indonesia.
And tomorrow, we’ll unveil a transformative new partnership to support Indonesia’s clean energy transition.
And finally, we’ve collaborated to protect our people, including improving our ability to fight infectious disease with the launch of a historic pandemic fund.
And, Mr. President, I look forward to discussing all of this with you today.  And thank you again, Mr. President, for your hospitality and all you’ve done.  It’s good to see you.  It’s good to be here.
12:38 P.M.

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