Malawi has established formal diplomatic relations with Indonesia after the two countries signed a joint communique in a ceremony that was held at the United Nations headquarters on the fringes of the 69th session of the United Nations General Debate.
The ceremony took place on September 29, 2014 and Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Dr. George Thapatula Chaponda signed the Joint Communique on behalf of Malawi, while the Dr Marty Natalegwa signed on behalf of Indonesia.
According to a communiqué released after the ceremony, the two countries have agreed to promote their bilateral cooperation through their diplomatic missions at the United Nations and other convenient diplomatic channels.
They also expressed the need to enter into other agreements, saying this was the basic agreement but that there should be others to follow.
Both ministers recalled the first visit made by Malawi’s former late president, Bingu wa Mutharika when he visited Indonesia in 2005.
Chaponda informed his counterpart that in his maiden speech to Parliament earlier this year, President Peter Mutharika emphasized trade as crucial in moving Malawi forward and the Minister said he hoped the relations with Indonesia would enhance this development strategy.
In response the Indonesian minister informed his counterpart of the role Indonesia will be played as co-chair of the High Level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda.
He said he hoped Malawi will work with Indonesia and others for sustainable and equitable development.
The two countries are convinced that the establishment of diplomatic relations corresponds with the national interests of both countries and will further strengthen international peace and security, citing that democracy at national level was as crucial as that among states.
Indonesia is a polyglot nation in the Far East and has 13,000 island and has grown strongly since 2010 while the rest of the world was experiencing the global financial crisis; Indonesia outperformed its regional neighbors and joined China and India as the only G20 members posting growth.