Vice President Kamala Harris met today with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Jakarta, Indonesia. The two leaders highlighted the strength of U.S.-Indonesia ties and announced their intention to elevate the U.S.-Indonesia relationship to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. In the context of this expanded partnership, the leaders look forward to deepening cooperation on economic growth and development; energy; maritime issues; defense; global and regional issues; people-to-people contacts; the digital economy and cybersecurity; global health; and building a sustainable future.
Vice President Harris congratulated Indonesia on its successful ASEAN chairmanship, and expressed support for Indonesia’s leadership in the Indo-Pacific. She reiterated the United States’ commitment to ASEAN centrality, support for Indonesia’s chair year theme – “ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth” – and support for robust implementation of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific. The two leaders discussed opportunities to expand economic cooperation, including through implementation of the $20 billion Just Energy Transition Partnership, which will mobilize historic levels of public and private financing to support Indonesia’s energy transition and climate-aligned economic growth. They discussed the importance of respect for human rights and democratic institutions.
The Vice President and President Widodo also expressed concerns regarding the coup in Burma, underscoring their commitment to supporting the people of Burma in returning their country to the path of democratic transition. They also reviewed the importance of upholding international law and freedom of the seas in the South China Sea.