RI, Denmark explore alternative energy cooperation

Jakarta (Antara News) - Indonesia and Denmark have agreed to explore a cooperation in the use of efficient energy and alternative energy in place of fuel oil, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Hassan Wirayuda said here on Monday.

"So far Denmark has been known to be outstanding in the use of efficient energy from non-fuel materials. Besides, it is also the best country in its economic development without relying to fuel and gas," Wirayuda said at the presidential office after accompanying President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to receive Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moller.

Wirayuda added that the two countries would also explore cooperation in clean water management and environment, especially in sharing experiences on transfer of technology.

According to the minister, President Yudhoyono had asked Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro and State Minister for Environment Rachmad Witoelar to visit Denmark in the near future to follow up the discussion on the cooperation.

Mutual understanding about the culture, tradition, and religion, especially in relation with the recent publication of Prophet Mohammad caricature in Denmark�s media was also discussed in the meeting which lasted for about half an hour.

"President Yudhoyono asked Denmark to organize a study program in those fields through reciprocal visit of the two countries reporters and Denmark is ready to consider it," Wirayuda said.

He added that the situation in ASEAN, East Asia, Korean Peninsula, Myanmar, Middle East issues on Iran, Iraq and Palestine were also discussed in the meeting.

"The president also extended his gratitude for the two countries cooperation so far, especially Danish support to Indonesia in the United Nations Security Council and the UN Human Rights Council," Wirayuda added.(*)
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