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As the world should soon recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it faces a new problem, the war in Ukraine.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), at the Special ASEAN-US Summit in Washington DC on Friday, called for an immediate end to the war in Ukraine.

The war has led to a humanitarian tragedy and damaged the global economy, he said.

“As the world is expected to recover soon from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is facing a new problem, the war in Ukraine. While the world needs cooperation and collaboration, rivalry and confrontation are on the rise. As the world needs stronger and stronger multilateralism, unilateralism has increasingly emerged,” he noted.

The war damaged the global economy as it drove up food and energy prices and triggered inflation. Consequently, it has weighed heavily on the economy and slowed down the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in developing and least developed countries, he noted.

He said the war had weakened multilateralism and could potentially tear apart relations between the countries.

“War will not benefit anyone. The world has no choice but to stop the war without delay. Every country, every leader bears the responsibility to create an enabling environment, so that the war can be stopped and the peace can be achieved,” he said.

Due to the war, economic growth has also become a concern. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised down its economic growth forecast for emerging and developing Asia by 0.5% in 2022 and 0.2% in 2023.

The World Bank has also cut its economic growth forecast for several ASEAN member states by up to 1.2%.

“For some ASEAN member states, a 10% increase in the price of oil will reduce national income by 0.7% and an increase in the price of wheat flour will increase the poverty rate by 1%,” he said. he declared.

Jokowi reiterated what he delivered during a meeting with the US Congress.

“For more than five decades, ASEAN has continued to build an inclusive security architecture, prioritize the paradigm of collaboration, and foster the habit of dialogue and rule-based order. We have also encouraged the same spirit in the Indo-Pacific through the ASEAN outlook on the Indo-Pacific,” he noted.

At the special summit, which brought together US President Joe Biden and ASEAN leaders, Jokowi warmly welcomed the US initiative through the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF).

“Of course, cooperation within the framework of IPEF should be inclusive. I hope for synergy between IPEF and the implementation of priority cooperation in AOIP (ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific)”, he asserted.

As Indonesia is chosen as ASEAN chair next year, he outlined a plan to realize IPEF.

“I hope the United States will participate in the forum,” he said.

During the special ASEAN-US summit, Jokowi was accompanied by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Commerce Minister Muhammad Luffi and Indonesian Ambassador to the United States Rosan Roeslani.

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