JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi is calling out the European Union for its discriminatory act on Indonesia’s palm oil industry.
The Indonesian Foreign Minister ensured the attendees of the 5th Jakarta Food Security Summit on November 19 that the issue will be firmly handled by Indonesia.
Indonesia’s palm oil production had an export value of $23 billion in 2019 and it is the country’s prime commodity known to serve as the backbone of the national economy.
“We know that there are discriminatory acts against Indonesia’s palm oil industry including negative campaigns specifically done in Europe. We are always fighting against these forms of discrimination.”
Retno Marsudi outlined how the European Union’s (EU) slander on Indonesia’s palm oil goes against the core of their relationship founded on partnership and collaboration.
Having met with the High Representative-Vice President of the European Commission, Josep Borrel, a few days ago, Retno shared that both parties discussed the importance of forging partnerships and in dealing with the unjust treatment over Indonesia’s palm oil industry.
“I explained how essential it is to build a stronger partnership and the need to sort out any unjust treatment concerning Indonesia’s palm oil. Our country is always advocating for open dialogue and what we want is one thing, treat us fairly.”
She asserted that the Southeast Asian nation would continue to initiate open dialogues with the EU until matters on Indonesia’s palm oil are sorted out.