President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia described Turkey as a very powerful global actor in its region.
Addressing Turkish lawmakers at the parliament as part of his state visit to Turkey, President Yudhoyono said that he came to Turkey in an effort to furtner deepen and diversify the bilateral relations between the two countries.
2010 marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Turkey and Indonesia, he recalled.
He thanked Turkish government and Turkish people for giving a helping hand during the tsunami disaster in December 2004 in which more than 130 thousand people lost their lives only in Indonesia.
He said that there had been close cooperation ties between Turkey and Indonesia in the areas of political security, economic development and tourism.
Referring to economic and commercial relations, the Indonesian president said that trade volume reached 2 billion USD as of end-2008. "Our target is to increase this amount up to 5 billion USD in the coming years," he said.
President Yudhoyono said that they were planning to open a consulate in Istanbul soon.
He invited Turkish businessmen to invest in his country in renewable energy and in mining.
"Productive role in G-20"
President Yudhoyono said that Turkey and Indonesia played a productive role in the G-20.
Yudhoyono said that the G-20 should remove the gap between the most industrialized countries and the under-developed countries, adding that the group should help efforts to reach the target of zero-poverty for humanity by the end of the 21st century.
"We need to preserve financial sources for the under-developed countries. We also need to maintain the reform process. G-20 should remove the gap between the most industrialized countries and the under-developed countries, adding that the group should help efforts to reach the target of zero-poverty for humanity by the end of the 21st century," he said.
Turkey and Indonesia could work together to develop their democracies, he said, adding, "There were only 40 democratic countries in 1974. In 2009, number of democratic countries rose to 119. Turkey, which elected its first parliament some 150 years ago, was one of the pioneer countries in democratization," he said.
"Illegal siege on Gaza"
Referring to the Israeli attack on the six-ship flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, President Yudhoyono offered his condolences to families of nine victims.
Recalling that there were 12 Indonesian people on board the ships, President Yudhoyono condemned the aggressive act of Israel.
He said that an independent commission should be established to investigate the incident, adding that Israel should put an end to its illegal embargo on Gaza.