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Foreign minister: Denmark must strengthen relations with Indonesia

Kristian Jensen and Danish business sector getting some royal assistance

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik are lending a royal hand (photo: Kasper Klynge – Twitter)
October 22nd, 2015 7:43 am| by Christian W

The foreign minister, Kristian Jensen, has stressed it is essential for Denmark to step up its relations with Indonesia.

Jensen is currently in Indonesia along with the Royal Couple and a 62-company strong business delegation as part of Denmark’s first ever state visit to the country.

“Indonesia is a strategically important player in Southeast Asia and I want to play a part in helping to strengthen the commercial potential and long with our political dialogue and co-operation,” said Jensen.

“We already work together fighting torture via the Convention against Torture initiative and both nations are active in the global fight against terror.”

READ MORE: Royal couple to help boost Danish business in Indonesia

Deals to be signed
The 62 Danish companies visiting Jakarta represent four main focus areas: cleantech, maritime, agribusiness and design. A number of agreements are expected to be signed in the areas of sustainable energy, maritime interests, agriculture and food products.

Some of the key tasks for Jensen will be meeting with Indonesian President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo, opening a maritime seminar with Prince Henrik, visiting Grundfos Indonesia and launching a new Danish culture program in Indonesia with Queen Margrethe.

Aside from Jensen, Lars Christian Lilleholt (energy and climate) is the other minister taking part in the visit, which will continue until October 24.