Indonesia-Colombia Sign Agreement on Free Visa For Citizens

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Durian. Indonesia and Colombia marked their 40 years of diplomatic relations by signing an agreement on free visa for those countries citizens along with a memorandum of understanding to establish political consultation platform, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on August 7 in Jakarta.

Those agreements were made during Minister Marsudi and her Colombian counterpart Claudia Blum de Barberi’s virtual meeting on Aug. 5.

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“In the virtual meeting, Colombian Foreign Minister and I have signed two agreements which are on free visa for ordinary passport holders…as well as a memorandum of understanding to build a political consultation platform between the two countries foreign affairs ministries,” Minister Marsudi said.

However, the implementation of free visa agreement should be adjusted with policies link to covid-19 pandemic situation, she said.

Indonesia, according to Minister Marsudi, brought four main issues in order to strengthen the two countries bilateral relations including on economic partnership in which Indonesia and Colombia have begun feasibility study on preferential trade agreement.

In practice, Indonesia’s state-owned pharmaceutical firm Kimia Farma and Colombia-based Inver3 SAS have signed a cooperation agreement for distribution of Indonesian pharmaceutical products in Colombia and Pacific Alliance countries.

Indonesia also keeps supporting Colombia to improve its role in Southeast Asia region such as through partnership between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and Pacific Alliance Cooperation.

In the multilateral context, Indonesia expressed its commitment to support peacekeeping mission by implementing peace agreement between Colombian government and FARC or the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia especially during its presidency at the United Nations Security Council in August this year.

The two foreign ministers have also discussed about the preparation for a state visit of Colombian president to Indonesia next year.

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