12 Jul 2013 11:19

JAKARTA, July 5 (Bernama) - Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd would come to Indonesia to discuss economic cooperation, Indonesia's chief economic minister Hatta Rajasa said here on Thursday.

"Our cooperation could continue benefiting each other in the midst of current global economic slowdown. A lot could be done in the relations between Australia and Indonesia," Indonesia's Antara quoted Hatta as saying.

He said economic issues to be discussed were linked to increasing the volume of trade between the two countries and trade relations that had once been disrupted due to beef import problems.

"Sometimes relations between the two countries went up and down, due to cow issues or others which are not always economic. Therefore the visit would be good for us to increase the cooperation," he said.

Hatta expressed appreciation to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd that had made Indonesia as his first country to visit after his reelection recently.

"As its closest neighbour we must appreciate it," he said.

Kevin Rudd accompanied by First Lady Therese Rein are scheduled to arrive here on Thursday for an "Indonesia-Australia Annual Leaders` Meeting."

"The Annual Leaders` Meeting is an annual meeting between the two countries` heads of government and the meeting this time is the third after the first one in Bali in 2011 and in Darwin in 2012," he said.

The meeting is scheduled at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, on Friday and topics to be discussed include bilateral issues linked to economy, investment and community relations.

Regional and global issues of common interest would be also discussed such as Apec and G20 cooperation.

While in Indonesia the Australian prime minister is also scheduled to attend "a breakfast meeting" involving members of the two countries` chambers of commerce and industry.