ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Indonesia agreed to further strengthen cooperation in defence and security areas with special focus on counter-terrorism related issues.

The decision to this effect was made in a one-on-one meeting between President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, and later at delegation-level talks between the two sides held here on Saturday.

Both Indonesian President Widodo and Prime Minister Abbasi also witnessed signing ceremony of various agreements and MoUs between the two sides.

Abbasi received President Widodo at the Prime Minister's House Saturday morning.

Upon arrival, President Widodo was presented Guard of Honour by a smartly-turned out contingent of the Armed Forces.

After a tete-a-tete, Prime Minister Abbasi and President Widodo held in-depth exchange of views, at delegation level, on bilateral relations and on a wide range of international and regional issues of shared interest.

The two leaders reaffirmed that the people of Pakistan and Indonesia shared deep political, cultural, religious ties and respect for democratic values.

Being the largest countries in the Islamic world, the two stood together for their progress, prosperity, stability, security and territorial integrity.

Besides agreeing to strengthen their defence and security cooperation, the two leaders also agreed to intensify counter-terrorism cooperation.

Prime Minister Abbasi briefed President Widodo on Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts.

The two leaders agreed that there was a need to improve the trade imbalance. The two sides acknowledged that there is considerable untapped potential to expand trade taking advantage of the Preferential Trade Agreement.

The two sides agreed to further increase tariff lines under the existing mechanism of PTA between the two countries. There was also unanimity of views to work together for gradually taking the PTA to the level of Free Trade Agreement.

The two leaders emphasised the importance of cooperation at multilateral forums. Indonesia reiterated its support for Pakistan’s bid for Full Dialogue Partnership with the ASEAN. Indonesia also assured Pakistan to support its bid for the Indian-Ocean Rim Association.

Prime Minister Abbasi briefed President Widodo on Pakistan’s efforts to enhance regional connectivity and development including through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

He underscored that Indonesian businessmen could benefit from vast investment opportunities offered by the CPEC.

Discussing regional situation, Prime Minister Abbasi briefed President Widodo on Pakistan’s efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

He also appreciated Indonesia’s desire to assist Afghanistan in peace and reconciliation, which was vital for regional security.

Prime Minister Abbasi briefed President Widodo on the steps taken by Pakistan to resolve all outstanding issues with India including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

He highlighted the grave human rights situation in the IOK.

After their talks, Prime Minister Abbasi and President Widodo attended a signing ceremony of MoUs/agreement between the two countries.

The MoUs/agreement signed include MoU on import of LNG and POL products from Indonesia, additional protocol to Preferential Trade Agreement for 20 new tariff lines, MoU on trade facilitation and MoU between Foreign Service Academy and Centre of Training and Education, Indonesia.

INDONESIAN PRESIDENT DEPARTS

AFTER TWO-DAY VISIT

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo departed here Saturday on completion of his two-day state visit. President Mamnoon Hussain saw off his Indonesian counterpart and First Lady Madam Iriana Widodo who arrived here Friday along with a delegation, comprising ministers and businessmen.

While seeing off the dignitary at Nur Khan Airbase, President Mamnoon was accompanied by First Lady Begum Mehmooda Mamnoon Hussain, Minister-in-waiting Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari, Senator Ayesha Raza and Foreign Secretary Tehmina Jannua.

Before departure, the Indonesian president also reviewed Pakistan Air Force's JF-17 Thunder aircraft, put on static display at the airbase. Wing Commander Adnan briefed the dignitary about the functions and capabilities of the latest produced aircraft.

During his visit, the Indonesian president addressed a joint session of the Parliament.

President Mamnoon Hussain held a state banquet for the visiting dignitary.

This was the first visit of President Widodo to Pakistan. In 2012, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited Pakistan to attend D-8 Summit.