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Prime Minister Trudeau Congratulates Indonesia’s President-elect Prabowo Subianto, Discusses Bilateral Ties

Ottawa, Ontario – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau engaged in a cordial and substantive conversation with the President-elect of Indonesia, Prabowo Subianto, on April 30, 2024, extending congratulations on his recent victory in Indonesia’s presidential elections. Trudeau commended the Indonesian populace for their robust turnout and unwavering commitment to democratic values.

During their dialogue, the two leaders delved into various areas of mutual interest, notably the burgeoning bilateral relations between Canada and Indonesia. They underscored the significance of their countries’ strong economic ties and voiced support for the ongoing negotiations surrounding the Canada-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. Anticipation is high for the upcoming Team Canada Trade Mission to Indonesia later this year, which is expected to further bolster economic cooperation.

Additionally, Trudeau expressed gratitude for Indonesia’s pivotal role as the 2023 Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). He reiterated Canada’s steadfast support for the Canada-ASEAN Strategic Partnership, highlighting the importance of collaborative efforts within the region.

Integral to their discussion was the continued implementation of Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, with a particular focus on opportunities for cooperation in critical minerals. Both leaders emphasized the imperative of reinforcing support for the rules-based international order, underscoring the importance of collective action in addressing global challenges.

Looking ahead, Trudeau expressed eagerness to deepen the partnership between Canada and Indonesia following President-elect Prabowo Subianto’s assumption of office in October. He extended appreciation to outgoing President Joko Widodo for his collaborative efforts and contributions throughout his tenure.


The conversation between Prime Minister Trudeau and President-elect Prabowo Subianto signifies a pivotal moment in Canada-Indonesia relations. As Canada continues to expand its engagement in the Indo-Pacific region, fostering strong ties with key partners like Indonesia becomes increasingly crucial. The commitment to economic cooperation, support for multilateral frameworks, and shared values of democracy and the rules-based international order underscore the potential for a fruitful partnership between the two nations. As we await the transition of power in Indonesia, there is optimism for further collaboration and advancement of mutual interests on the global stage.

Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief of GTA Today and serves as the Parliament Hill Reporter covering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. With a commitment to accurate and timely news coverage, Marshall-Squire brings depth and insight to the forefront of Canadian journalism. For feedback, reach out at

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