Chronology, Jakarta – The Speaker of the Indonesian House of Representatives, Puan Maharani, met with the Speaker of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom or the Chair of the British People’s Council, Sir Lindsay Harvey Hoyle. During the bilateral meeting, the speakers of the parliaments of the two countries conveyed their condolences to each other.
The meeting between Puan and Sir Lindsay was held ahead of the opening of the Parliamentary Speakers Summit (P20) in the DPR leadership room, Nusantara III Building, Parliament Complex, Senayan, Tuesday (4/10). The P20 Forum which is a series of the G20 Summit will be held on 5-7 October at the DPR Building.
“Thank you for your presence at the G20 Parliamentary Speaker’s Summit meeting at the Indonesian Parliament Building. I believe His Majesty’s presence will contribute to the smooth implementation of the P20 meeting that we attended together,” said Puan.
During the meeting, Puan also conveyed Indonesia’s condolences to the British people for the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
“On this occasion, on behalf of the Indonesian people, I would like to express my deepest condolences for the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022. I would also like to congratulate King Charles III who has been officially proclaimed the new king of England, succeeding Queen Elizabeth II,” he said.
Furthermore, on behalf of the Indonesian people, Puan congratulated the election of Elizabeth Truss as the new British Prime Minister (PM). He highlighted the figure of Elizabeth Truss as Britain’s third female Prime Minister.
“I also congratulate you on the formation of a new British government under the leadership of Prime Minister Elizabeth Truss,” said Puan.
There were a number of things that were discussed between Puan and Sir Lindsay Harvey Hoyle at the House of Representatives, particularly regarding the 70 years of bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and the UK.
Ma’am expressed a warm welcome road map Indonesia-UK Partnership for 2022–2024 which was agreed by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two countries on 19 April 2022.
“I believe, this is the right moment for our two countries to intensify partnerships to become concrete in the future,” he said.
According to Puan, the partnership is very important because Indonesia and the UK face complex challenges. Such as high energy costs, soaring inflation, food security problems, geopolitical dynamics including the conflict in Ukraine, to the post-Covid-19 pandemic recovery.
“Therefore, I expect both parties to continue to give impetus to implementation.” road map Partnership. Through this meeting, I hope we can have further discussions regarding matters of mutual concern,” said Puan.
In terms of trade and investment between the two countries, it is known that there will be an increase of 18 percent in 2021. British investment in Indonesia in 2021 will increase by 67 percent, from 192.8 million US dollars to 322.9 million US dollars for 705 projects.
Puan also hopes that the two countries can take advantage of the Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) forum to seek to increase Indonesia-UK economic and trade cooperation in a sustainable and mutually beneficial manner.
“I hope that the cooperation between Indonesia and the UK will focus on the green economy sector,
such as investment and development of environmentally friendly technologies for economic transition,” explained the former Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture.
Puan also welcomed the cooperation in developing a low-carbon transportation program agreed by the Indonesian and British governments, which was launched on 5 July in Jakarta. Appreciation is also given for the close relationship in the defense sector.
“At the global level, I hope that the cooperation between Indonesia and the UK can also be improved. I appreciate the cooperation and collaboration between Indonesia and the UK to strengthen multilateralism (reject unilateralism) and a collaborative approach in addressing global problems,” said Puan.
Puan also encouraged increased inter-parliamentary cooperation for Indonesia and the UK. Puan revealed that the House of Representatives has formed 102 Bilateral Cooperation Groups with parliaments of friendly countries, including the British Parliament.
“I believe that increasing parliamentary contact to parliament through regular inter-parliamentary dialogue is also important for improving our bilateral relations,” he said.
Puan then asked for support from the British Parliament to consistently and sustainably support Indonesia’s territorial integrity.
“This is related to the actions of individuals or groups in the UK advocating actions against Indonesia’s territorial integrity, especially in Papua,” said Puan.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Agency (BKSAP) Gilang Dhielafararez revealed that the meeting also discussed the issue of visa processing for Indonesian citizens who wish to visit the UK.
“In the past, it took about 10 days to process a visa to the UK, now it can take 6-7 weeks. The Chairperson of the House of Representatives hopes that visa processing can be accelerated, especially now that many of our students are studying in the UK,” explained Gilang.
Puan is also said to hope for the support of the British Parliament so that the opportunity for Indonesian students to study in the country is increased. Sir Lindsay Harvey Hoyle responded positively to Ms. request.
Sir Lindsay Harvey Hoyle also expressed his condolences for the Kanjuruhan Tragedy which killed 125 spectators for the Arema FC vs. Persebaya Surabaya match. A number of Premier League clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal, Man City, to Liverpool previously also expressed their sympathy for the Kanjuruhan Tragedy.
“When meeting Mrs. Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Chair of the British House of Commons expressed her deep condolences for the humanitarian tragedy that occurred at the Kanjuruhan Stadium, Malang Regency, East Java,” concluded Gilang.