Japan and Indonesia call for an immediate end to the war in Ukraine

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On Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indonesian President Joko Widodo called for an early end to fighting in Ukraine and said they would work together to improve humanitarian conditions there.

“The war in Ukraine must be stopped immediately and we agree to create a conducive situation so that negotiations and a peaceful solution can be found quickly,” Widodo said after meeting Kishida in Jakarta.

Indonesia is Kishida’s first stop on an eight-day trip that will also take him to Vietnam, Thailand, Italy and the UK.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “has shaken the foundations of the international order, including in Asia, and it must be strongly condemned,” Kishida said.

Kishida and Widodo also discussed Indonesia’s role as the current chair of the Group of 20 leading rich and developing nations.

“We will use Indonesia’s G-20 leadership as a catalyst for humanitarian response and global economic recovery,” Widodo said.

Widodo announced on Friday that he had invited Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the G-20 leaders’ summit in Bali in November. He said Putin had agreed to attend but it was unclear whether it would be in person or virtually. It was not immediately clear whether Zelenskyy would be present.

Widodo also said he rejected a request from the Ukrainian leader for weapons from Indonesia.

“The mandate of the Indonesian Constitution and the principles of our foreign policy prohibit supplying arms to other countries,” Widodo said. “However, we are ready to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine.”

“I reiterated the importance of ending the war immediately,” he said. “I also emphasized that peaceful efforts must continue and Indonesia stands ready to contribute to those peaceful efforts,” he said in a televised address.

Japan is Indonesia’s third largest export destination and fifth largest investor. The cooperation between the two countries includes the Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit System and Patimban Port in West Java Province.

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