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Assembly speaker discusses cooperation with Indonesian president

All News 16:28 March 21, 2022

SEOUL, March 21 (Yonhap) -- National Assembly Speaker Park Byeong-seug met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo to discuss ways to bolster cooperation between the two nations, his office said Monday.

Park held talks with Widodo on the sidelines of the 144th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) General Assembly in Bali, Indonesia, on Sunday (local time) as they exchanged their views on various issues, including global supply chain stability and defense sector cooperation.

During the talks, Park shared South Korea's experience in relocating its administrative capital to Sejong, as Indonesia is planning to move its capital from Jakarta in Java to a new city called Nusantara on the island of Borneo.

Widodo responded that he would like to send an envoy to South Korea to learn about its relocation experience and expressed his intent to visit the city of Sejong.

National Assembly Speaker Park Byeong-seug (L) speaks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during their meeting held on the sidelines of the 144th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) General Assembly in Bali, Indonesia, on March 20, 2022, in this photo provided by Park's office. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Park then requested Indonesia's support for the stabilization of urea supply. Last December, the two nations signed a memorandum of understanding regarding urea supply chain in which South Korea will get 10,000 tons of urea per month for the next three years from Indonesia.

The Assembly speaker also asked for Indonesia's interest and support for South Korean firms. Widodo said he is "grateful" for the investment made by South Korean businesses and vowed his government and the parliament's support for South Korean firms.

The two also promised each other's support for South Korea's bid to host the 2030 World Expo in Busan, and Indonesia's hosting of the G20 Summit later this year.

Park is on a three-day visit to Indonesia for the IPU General Assembly, where parliamentary leaders from 110 nations discuss measures on climate change, global peace and virus prevention.

He is scheduled to depart for Malaysia on Wednesday to discuss cooperation in economic and defense sectors.

kdon@yna.co.kr
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