Tue, September 04, 2012
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Indonesia president, Clinton discuss regional issues

2012-09-04 05:36:15 GMT2012-09-04 13:36:15(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

JAKARTA, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Tuesday held a meeting with the U.S. State Secretary Hilary Clinton here, discussing how to boost bilateral ties of the countries and regional issues.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told a press conference after the meeting that the two leaders sought to create a comprehensive partnership between Indonesia and the United States.

"The president delivered Indonesia's hope to sustain and boost the close bilateral ties, so that will be more comprehensive and beneficial for the two countries," he said after the meeting.

"One focus of the America engagement here is promoting economic growth and trade development. We want to do even more in working to enhance job and economic growth for both our countries and the people of them," Clinton said after meeting with Natalegawa on Monday evening.

"We think that Indonesia's growth would continue to be so strong is essential not only for Indonesia but also regionally and globally," she said.

Indonesia's economy has expanded by more than 6 percent since 2010, the government expects 6.5 percent growth this year and 6.8 percent next year.

The United States exports to Indonesia rose to 7.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2011, from 5.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2009 and imports rose to 19.1 billion U.S. dollars from 12.9 billion U.S. dollars, according to a release from the U.S. Department of State Office.

The U.S. foreign direct investment grew by 1.5 billion U.S. dollars last year, it said.

"The United States has a national interest as every country does in maintenance of peace and stability, respect for the international law, freedom of navigation in the South China Sea," Clinton said.

"As I said in many times, the United States does not take a position on competing territorial claim over land feature."

Clinton is schedule to visit ASEAN Secretary after meeting with Yudhoyono on Tuesday before she leaves the country to China.

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