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Argentina forges closer ties with Indonesia and Singapore

Tuesday, 22 May 2018
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 Today, on the sidelines of the G20, Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie met at the Palacio San Martín with the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Indonesia, Retno Lestari Marsudi, with whom he addressed the most important aspects on the bilateral and multilateral agendas.

The Ministers underscored the valuable and fruitful relationship between the two countries, which has been strengthened and renewed in the past few years, as well as the visit to Indonesia by the Argentine Vice-President, Gabriela Michetti, next October.

They also agreed to adopt measures aimed at increasing bilateral trade and addressing specific issues regarding market access.

The Ministers further agreed on the importance of working towards entering into trade negotiations between MERCOSUR and Indonesia, as well as strengthening ties between MERCOSUR and ASEAN (Association of South East Nations). In this regard, Foreign Minister Faurie underscored the importance of Indonesia as a sponsor of such negotiations.

Finally, Faurie thanked Indonesia for its active and constructive participation at G20 Meetings and for its support in building necessary consensus so as to advance the key themes proposed during the Argentine Presidency and thus reflect the vision and interests of developing countries.


Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie also held a bilateral meeting with his counterpart from Singapore, Vivian Balakrishnan, who is in Argentina for the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting.

As regards economic and trade issues, they underscored the possibility of increasing and diversifying business, trade and investment. Singapore's market has recently opened to Argentine beef exports and a new protocol was agreed on to obtain the Halal certification. In addition, various agreements are under negotiation, including agreements on investments, double taxation avoidance and tax evasion prevention, among others.

At the meeting, Faurie stressed that "our country sees closer ties with ASEAN (Association of South East Nations) as a means of strengthening and developing constructive cooperation with its member countries with a view to obtaining concrete and beneficial results for all."