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Indonesia and UAE begin talks on trade and investment pact

Jakarta wants to use CEPA to access African and other Gulf markets

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo and Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan hold a pitcher as they plant a tree during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Bogor, Indonesia on July 24, 2019.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday announced the start of negotiations for a new free trade and investment agreement, as the two modern Muslim nations seek to take newly forged ties to a new level.

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