Indonesia, EFTA to launch partnership talks

14:37, July 08, 2010      

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Indonesia and Switzerland have agreed to begin negotiations on a comprehensive economic partnership under the framework of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), the Jakarta Post reported on Thursday.

Swiss President Doris Leuthard, who chairs the EFTA, met her Indonesian counterpart, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in Jakarta on Wednesday to discuss the deal.

Leuthard said Indonesia is "very important economically" and one of seven countries Switzerland had prioritized for economic development since the end of 2008.

"We're very glad also that (President Yudhoyono) today agreed that we begin negotiations now with the framework of EFTA comprehensive partnership agreement. That's a milestone in our economic cooperation as well," Leuthard said as she addressed a joint press conference with Yudhoyono after their meeting at Merdeka Palace.

EFTA members consist of Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

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