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Moon, Jokowi hold phone conversation on election, coronavirus

All News 18:46 April 21, 2020

SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday congratulated South Korean President Moon Jae-in on his ruling party's parliamentary election victory last week, speaking on the phone, according to Cheong Wa Dae,

The overwhelming win by Moon's Democratic Party (DP) is viewed as the outcome of "the people's trust in your leadership," Widodo was quoted as saying.

The DP and its ad-hoc sister party, created to gain seats under the proportional representation system, won a combined total of 180 seats in the 300-member National Assembly in the April 15 poll.

Moon thanked the president for his "warm congrats as a true friend" during the 20-minute phone talks, Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min-seok said. Widodo rang Moon.

Moon added South Korea was able to hold the national election safely as the number of coronavirus cases dropped significantly.

Widodo expressed hope for sharing South Korea's experience in the fight against COVID-19. Moon stressed South Korea's commitment to close cooperation and solidarity with the international community in coping with the pandemic.

Moon also said South Korea would consider providing Indonesia with additional humanitarian assistance in consideration of the bilateral special partnership. Seoul has already shipped such products as test kits and spray-type disinfectant.

They agreed on the need to implement economy-related accords between the two sides. Moon held out expectations for stronger partnerships on defense industry and capital relocation projects by putting the bilateral Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) into effect at an early date.

This file photo shows South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) talking with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Osaka, Japan on June 28, 2020. (Yonhap)

lcd@yna.co.kr
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