Pertemuan Bilateral Presiden Republik Indonesia dan Presiden Republik Filipina
Presiden Republik Indonesia, Joko Widodo:
Yang Mulia Presiden Marcos dan Delegasi Filipina,
Sekali lagi, selamat datang di Indonesia. Suatu kehormatan menerima kunjungan luar negeri yang pertama Yang Mulia. Ini menegaskan hubungan bilateral kedua negara di bawah kepemimpinan Yang Mulia. Saya percaya hubungan kedua negara, Indonesia dan Filipina, akan semakin erat. Dan saya ingin menyampaikan juga dukacita atas wafatnya mantan Presiden Filipina ke-12, Yang Mulia Bapak Fidel Ramos, bulan Juli yang lalu.
Melanjutkan pertemuan empat mata tadi, saya ingin membahas kerja sama bilateral dan kawasan. Sebelumnya, saya persilakan Presiden Marcos untuk menyampaikan sambutan pembuka.
Presiden Republik Filipina, Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr.:
Thank you, Mr. President.
As you have mentioned, we had a very fruitful discussion. Just now, we had a quick tête-à-tête. The significance that I chose Indonesia, Jakarta, to be my first visit of my presidency because of many reasons. One of those is that we are close in terms of not only geographical location but we are close in terms of culture, we are close in terms of ethnicity, and I think that it is going to be the strong partnerships that we will make as we slowly come out of the pandemic, economy is what is going to lead us to success.
That is why we go once again to our friends and to our partners around the world, especially in the region, especially together with what we spoke about the ASEAN member countries and the common concerns that we share. So again, it is those partnerships I believe that will keep the stability of all of our plans and what we are hoping to do in the next few years.
But I would like to thank your government and you, Mr. President, for your kind invitation. I think although it is the first time I have been to Jakarta, we look around, and it feels like home. Only because you are so warm, you have welcomed us so warmly, and we have felt the willingness of Indonesia to go into partnership with the Philippines and to strengthen the partnership that we are going to celebrate the 75th year in two years’ time, and I think it is one of the longest diplomatic relations.
In fact, we had relationships before we had countries. Indonesia and the Philippines were trading, exchanging. Our family members (were) going back and forth from our southern islands to Indonesia for thousands of years. So that is why it is very natural for us in the Philippines to come. I think we made the right choice and we thank you once again for the openness with which you have received us and the willingness with which you have shown to strengthen that relationship between the Philippines and Indonesia which is our hope and it is what we are going to be working for.
Thank you, Mr. President.