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Saudi FM Meets Indonesian Counterpart at Doha Conference

On the sidelines of the 20th Doha Forum, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan met with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.

This engagement is part of a broader strategy to diversify diplomatic and trade partnerships, seen as mutually beneficial for both regions. The GCC’s vast oil and gas reserves and ASEAN’s dynamic economy create a complementary alliance​.

Saudi-Indonesian Bilateral Relations

Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, two influential countries within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), respectively, have been building a framework for deeper cooperation.
The recent milestone GCC-ASEAN summit in Riyadh, co-chaired by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Indonesian President Joko Widodo, culminated in a shared commitment to peace, security, and economic development.

Addressing Regional Challenges

In their discussions, the two ministers focused on pressing issues such as the situation in Gaza. They emphasized the need for international efforts to stop military escalation and lift sieges on affected areas.

The discussion also touched on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, underlining the importance of respecting United Nations and Security Council resolutions​​.

Prince Faisal bin Farhan has been vocal about the necessity of a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, stressing the importance of an independent Palestine.

He has been actively involved in ministerial-level meetings aiming to revitalize peace efforts in the Middle East, highlighting the humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territories​.

Road Ahead

The Saudi-Indonesian dialogue reflects a recognition of the strategic importance of ASEAN-GCC relations.

Despite the initial slow growth in bilateral trade, the recent summit and subsequent discussions show a renewed interest and an alignment of strategic interests, suggesting that the relationship is now evolving to a more substantial and strategic partnership.

The meeting between Prince Faisal and Retno Marsudi at the Doha Forum does not only signify the strength of Saudi-Indonesian ties but also the broader commitment of their respective regional blocs to address global challenges collaboratively.

The engagement underscores the importance of diplomatic communication and the pursuit of shared goals in the face of geopolitical complexities.

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