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Indonesia and Rwanda sign visa exemption for diplomatic and service passports, boosting bilateral relations and cooperation in various sectors.

JAKARTA, INDONESIA – In a significant step towards strengthening bilateral relations, Indonesia and Rwanda signed an agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic and service passport holders during a bilateral meeting held in Jakarta.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi emphasized that the agreement aims to simplify regulations regarding the entry and stay of officials from both countries, thereby enhancing diplomatic and official interactions. This agreement follows Indonesia’s decision to grant Rwanda a visa on arrival (VoA) status in February last year, which was intended to facilitate greater people-to-people contact.

During the meeting, Minister Retno Marsudi and Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Vincent Biruta, delved into various political, security, and economic issues, reflecting the broad spectrum of their bilateral cooperation.

The two nations also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on political consultations, which will serve as a platform for discussing various facets of bilateral cooperation and exchanging views on regional and international issues.

In recent years, Indonesia and Rwanda have bolstered their security cooperation. Minister Marsudi highlighted that they are in the final stages of drafting an MoU between Indonesia’s National Police and Rwanda’s National Police. This MoU focuses on combating transnational organized crimes and enhancing capacity building, with an aim to sign it in the near future.

On the economic front, Minister Marsudi pointed out the positive trajectory of bilateral trade between the two nations. Following the pandemic, trade values have shown significant improvement, with a 100 percent increase recorded last year and a further 32 percent rise in the first quarter of this year.

To further boost economic cooperation, the two ministers signed an MoU encompassing trade, agriculture, industry, energy, and mining, among other sectors. They also explored the potential for a preferential trade agreement (PTA) between Indonesia and Rwanda, and the possibility of extending such an agreement to the East African Community (EAC).

Minister Retno expressed optimism about the future growth of economic ties, stating, “We believe there is still ample room to grow.” This sentiment was echoed in the discussions, which underscored the commitment of both countries to deepen their cooperation across various domains.

The agreements and discussions held during this bilateral meeting mark a significant milestone in the relations between Indonesia and Rwanda, paving the way for enhanced cooperation and mutual growth.

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