Jakarta. Indonesia and the United Kingdom last week agreed to increase cooperation in combating terrorism financing during a bilateral meeting between Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and her British counterpart, Boris Johnson.
In a press release issued on Friday (14/07), Retno emphasized the need for the international community to step up cooperation, particularly by strengthening law enforcement capabilities in mitigating terror activities.
"We can overcome the threat of terrorism through effective international cooperation," Retno said, as quoted in the release.
The United Kingdom, which is currently negotiating terms for its exit from the European Union, showed interest in increasing mutually beneficial economic cooperation with Indonesia post-Brexit.
"Both foreign ministers also agreed to increase cooperation in trade, investment, the creative economy and education," the minister said.
During the meeting with Johnson, Retno touched on Indonesia’s campaign to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2019-2020 period and expressed hope that the UK government might ease visa grants for Indonesian citizens.
More than 40,000 Indonesians visited the United Kingdom in 2016, a notable 40 percent increase from a year prior.
The United Kingdom is also Indonesia’s fourth largest trade partner among European countries, with bilateral trade valued at $2.48 billion in 2016.
During her visit to the United Kingdom, Retno inaugurated the new Indonesian Embassy building in London, as well as the embassy’s online consular services.