Established on November 24, 1949, the bilateral relations between the Philippines and Indonesia mark its 67th anniversary in 2016. The closer cooperation and constant dialogue of the two countries through high-level diplomatic ties have deepen the relations of the two founding members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) throughout the years.
It was on January 28, 1951 when the founding president of Indonesia, former President Sukarno, went to the Philippines for an official visit, making it the first visit of an Indonesian Head of State to the Philippines. It was reciprocated by former Philippine President Elpidio Quirino on July 16, 1952, who then became the first Filipino Head of State to visit Indonesia. He participated in the Indonesian Parliament Joint Session.
The last Indonesian Head of State to visit the Philippines was President Joko Widodo on his state visit on February 8-10, 2015. It was preceded by 15th Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III on his state visit to Indonesia on March 7-9, 2011.
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