Finland`s PM Meets Indonesian President YudhoyonoTuesday

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met Finland`s Prime Minister, Matti Vanhanen, at the presidential palace, here, Tuesday.

President Yudhoyono`s spokesperson Dino Patti Djalal said the official visit by the Finnish prime minister to Indonesia taking place from April 26 to 28, was a follow up to an invitation of the Indonesian president during his visit to Finland on September 12, 2006.

Dino said there were several matters to be discussed by both leaders during their meeting namely about the bilateral relations, regional and international issues.

During his visit to Indonesia, Vanhanen was also accompanied by several entrepreneurs from Finland.

After a meeting with president Yudhoyono, Vanhanen was scheduled to meet Coordinating Minister for the Economy Hatta Radjasa, Chief of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Gita Wirjawan, Chairman of the House of Representatives Marzuki Ali and ASEAN`s Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan.

Vanhanen would also lay a wreath of flowers at the Kalibata Heroes` Cemetery in South Jakarta.

Indonesia and Finland have very good bilateral relations in sectors such as politics, economy, trade and socio-cultural sector. In 1980, both countries agreed to form a Joint Commission which supports cooperation in sectors such as forestry, trade, science and technology.

The good relations between the two countries were also marked by several reciprocal visits made by leaders of both countries during the past years.

Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari visited Indonesia in 2005 while President Yudhoyono visited Finland last 2006 during the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM). In the same year, Indonesian Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, also visited Finland.

Dino said Vanhanen`s visit to Indonesia reflected good relations between Finland and Indonesia and is aimed at enhancing the bilateral cooperation which has been conducted for more than 50 years.


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