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Inaugurating the ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, President Jokowi: Let’s Realize Equal Cooperation


Jakarta – President Joko Widodo invited all ASEAN members to strengthen equal cooperation in line with various existing global dynamics.

This was expressed by President Jokowi when opening the 43rd ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, on Tuesday (5/9)

According to the head of state, it is believed that ASEAN will not be divided. Because, ASEAN unity is currently still being implemented well.

“As a family member and as Chair of ASEAN, I emphasize that ASEAN unity is still well maintained,” he said.

According to President Jokowi, unity is harmony in differences, including differences of opinion. Because differences of opinion actually foster democracy and show that we as a family have an equal position.

Furthermore, the President considered that equality is the main value that needs to be upheld.

“Equality is actually the main value that we respect and uphold together within the framework of unity and togetherness so that the great ship of ASEAN can continue to move forward,” he said.

Not only that, President Jokowi reminded that currently the world is not doing well. Therefore, he emphasized that ASEAN would not be a proxy for the power of any country.

“The world is not doing well, the challenges ahead are getting tougher and require influence from big powers. “But ASEAN has agreed not to be a proxy for any power to cooperate with anyone for peace and prosperity,” he stressed.

The head of state also warned that ASEAN should not become a means of rivalry that could actually bring destruction.

“Don’t make our ship ASEAN an arena for rivalry that destroys each other, but make our ship a field for growing cooperation, creating prosperity, stability and peace, not only for the region but also for the world,” said the President.

The President also advised all countries, especially ASEAN, to continue to increase cooperation.

“The world’s oceans are too wide to be sailed alone, on our way there will be other ships. ASEAN partner ships, let’s together realize equal and mutually beneficial cooperation to sail together towards the epicentrum of growth,” he concluded.

The ASEAN Summit itself will take place from September 5-7. A number of state leaders were seen attending the opening ceremony.

The country’s leaders, namely Prime Minister (PM) of Laos Sonexay Siphandone, Prime Minister of Cambodia Hun Manet, Head of the Thai Delegation Sarun Charoensuwan, and President of the Philippines Ferdinan Marcos Jr.

Then, Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong, Malaysian PM Anwar Ibrahim, Vietnamese PM Pham Minh Chinh, Timor Leste PM Xanana Gusmao, Cooks Islands PM Mark Brown, Bangladesh President Mohammed Shahabuddin, and Sultan of Brunei Darussalam Hassanal Bolkiah

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