Valentina Matvienko: Russia-Indonesia interregional ties have great potential

Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko met with Speaker of the Regional Representative Council (Senate) of Indonesia La Nyalla Mahmud Mattalitti.

During a working visit to the Republic of Indonesia, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko met with La Nyalla Mahmud Mattalitti, Speaker of the Regional Representative Council (Senate) of the People’s Constitutional Assembly of Indonesia. A Russian delegation led by Valentina Matvienko is attending the G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit held in Jakarta.

The Federation Council Speaker thanked the Indonesian colleagues for their hospitality and perfect organisation of the summit. “We are aware of the pressure put on the Indonesian Presidency to limit Russia’s participation in the G20 events, and therefore we set high value on your firm line on depoliticising activities within the framework of this multilateral platform,” she said.

Constructive and trust-based relations between our presidents and concrete bilateral agreements on joint projects are a major factor behind the growth of Russian-Indonesian ties, Valentina Matvienko pointed out.

The Federation Council Speaker spoke in favour of promoting cooperation on the bilateral track and at international venues, including within the framework of Indonesia’s ASEAN Chairmanship next year.

Valentina Matvienko called for building up interparliamentary ties between the two countries, interaction between their parliaments’ upper houses and friendship groups, and interregional cooperation. She cited positive examples of effective partnerships, such as cooperation between Moscow and Jakarta and between the Republic of Tatarstan and Indonesian partners. “We are preparing documents on cooperation between St Petersburg and Yogyakarta and the East Java Province. There are plans to sign agreements on sister relations between the cities of Tula and Magelang and a number of other documents,” she said.

The Federation Council Speaker noted that interregional ties have great potential and called on the Indonesian colleagues to organise videoconferences of regional heads to discuss ways to remove red tape in interregional ties.

The sides also discussed the development of trade, economic and cultural cooperation, tourism, the legal framework of bilateral relations, and current regional and international issues.

The Federation Council Speaker praised Indonesia’s independent foreign policy and expressed gratitude for Jakarta’s balanced position on the special military operation in Ukraine. She updated her Indonesian colleague on the reasons for the operation, efforts to settle the problem, and the organisation of food, fertiliser and energy deliveries to the global market.

Valentina Matvienko invited her Indonesian colleague to make an official visit to Russia in the near future.

La Nyalla Mahmud Mattalitti accepted the invitation with gratitude. He expressed confidence that the visit by the Russian delegation would facilitate bilateral relations and discussions of the entire range of current issues. He said that Indonesia is interested in building up bilateral economic cooperation and interaction with the EAEU countries.

The Regional Representative Council Speaker acknowledged Russia’s guarantees of safe food, fertiliser and energy deliveries to the global market and expressed hope for a rapid and peaceful end to the crisis.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Petr Tolstoy, Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Science, Education and Culture Lilia Gumerova and First Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs Vladimir Dzhabarov.

Valentina Matvienko signed the Distinguished Visitors Book of the Regional Representative Council (Senate) of the People’s Constitutional Assembly of Indonesia.