Indonesia's President Widodo to visit Australia

Indonesia's President Widodo to visit Australia

President Joko Widodo will meet Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to discuss counter-terrorism, among other things.

Julie Bishop Joko Widodo

JAKARTA: Indonesia's President Joko Widodo is expected to visit Australia next month.

The visit was one of the items discussed during Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's meeting with Mr Widodo at the presidential palace on Wednesday (Oct 26).

Ms Bishop is in Jakarta to meet with a number of Indonesian leaders and will attend the Indian Ocean Rim Association summit in Bali on Thursday.

In Australia, Mr Widodo will meet Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull - whom he had met in November last year - to discuss several topics, including the fight against terrorism.

"President Jokowi and Prime Minister Turnbull have agreed to increase cooperation in the area of counter-terrorism," said Indonesia's Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi.

During her 30-minute meeting with Mr Widodo, Ms Bishop reaffirmed the good relationship between Australia and Indonesia.

"We're taking this opportunity to discuss a number of issues including counter-terrorism and counter-extremism, high level cooperation in security, law enforcement, cooperation in defence and foreign relations," said Ms Bishop.

Indonesia and Australia have longstanding cooperation in tackling terrorism, such as in capacity building.

"In Semarang, there is the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation - this is our cooperation with Australia and the Netherlands," said Ms Retno.

Mr Widodo and Mr Turnbull are also expected to talk about issues regarding intelligence information sharing, as well as legislation programmes related to counter-terrorism.

Source: CNA/hs