Speaker Moon meets with Indonesia’s parliamentary leader over cooperation

SEOUL, National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang met with Indonesia's parliamentary leader Friday to discuss ways to expand cooperation between the two countries.

Moon met with Oesman Sapta Odang, the speaker of the Regional Representative Council, in Jakarta to exchange views about broad parliamentary cooperation and strengthen the nations' economic ties, his office said.

Moon arrived in Indonesia on Thursday for a six-day visit to attend a parliamentary leaders' meeting of five middle powers to be held in Bali.

The so-called MIKTA is an informal cooperative body created by Mexico, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Turkey and Australia in September 2013 in a bid to enhance coordination on global issues of common interest. A meeting of MIKTA's parliamentary speakers has been held since 2015.

"Over the past year and a half, the South Korean assembly speakers have visited Indonesia twice in an indication of vibrant parliamentary exchanges between the two countries," Moon said.

South Korea and Indonesia have expanded cooperation since the establishment of their relations in 1973. Indonesia have relations with both of the two Koreas.

Moon asked for Jakarta's cooperation in helping more South Korean firms expand investment in the Southeast Asian country.

He also solicited Indonesia's support for South Korea's efforts to improve its ties with North Korea ahead of next week's inter-Korean summit to be held in Pyongyang.

Oesman was quoted by Moon's office as saying that the Upper House wants to invite Korean businessmen to help them increase investment in Indonesia.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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