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Athens, 16 November 2022

Meeting of Chairman of Greece-Indonesia Parliamentary Friendship Group with new Ambassador of Indonesia

The Chairman of the Greece-Indonesia Parliamentary Friendship Group Kritonas Arsenis met in Parliament with the new Ambassador of Indonesia to Athens Bebeb Djunjunan. 

During the meeting, the thwo sides expressed the intention to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in various fields, with special emphasis on parliamentary cooperation. 

The Chairman of the Friendship Group stressed the need for cooperation between the two countries to be to the benefit of the citizens, in order to prevent impoverishment and reduce inequalities. 

Mr Arsenis emphasised the need for common actions in the field of environmental protection to achieve the goals that have been set globally to preserve biodiversity, reduce pollutants and prevent global deforestation. The MP focused on the policy of protecting areas without roads, that was adopted by the Greek government, following the relevant parliamentary interventions, which even included the 8 first areas in the specific status. Furthermore, the need was noted to see to it that every citizen has energy autonomy, thus ensuring the expected relief in the country's energy needs. 

The Ambassador of Indonesia expressed the interest to develop cooperation and transfer know-how from Greece to Indonesia, on issues of environmental protection, of the protection of cultural heritage, tourism and shipping. Furthermore, he pointed out that the Greece position on importance issues, such as the regulation of continental shelf issues, are of interest to the Indonesian side, while know-how on issues of developing the "blue" economy are proving to be invaluable. 

He added that Indonesia is the third coffee producer in the world, a product widely consumed in our country. For his part, Mr Arsenis referred to olive oil as a high-quality food product that could be exported to Indonesia, bringing income to many citizens throughout most of the country. 

During the meeting it was pointed out that this year marks the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Greece and Indonesia and that Greece was the first European country to recognize Indonesia's independence by supporting cultural exchanges. 

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