Indonesia is Pillar of Free and Open Indo-Pacific: US Official

    Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 23 October 2020 19:20 WIB
    Indonesia is Pillar of Free and Open Indo-Pacific: US Official
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    Jakarta: The United States (US) Department of State has revealed that the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi during his visit to Indonesia.

    "Those meetings will be an opportunity to underscore our shared values including support for human rights," said the US Asisstant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell during a special briefing on Thursday.

    According to the US official, the US and Indonesia have a strong bilateral defense and counterterrorism partnership as well.  Secretary Pompeo last traveled to Jakarta in 2018.  The secretary has seen his Indonesian counterpart on numerous occasions since, including at the Afghan peace talks in Doha in September.  

    "Indonesia is important because – for a lot of reasons, none least that than it’s the world’s most populous Muslim majority nation and is a pillar of a free and open Indo-Pacific.  It’s in a very key and strategic location.  The United States and Indonesia share a vision of a rules-based order in Southeast Asia, and the United States is a stalwart supporter of Indonesia’s sovereignty," the US official said

    In addition, Secretary Pompeo will also meet with representatives of U.S. businesses in Jakarta.  In this and other engagements, he will explore how our two large economies can further deepen our bilateral trade and investment ties. DFC, the Development Finance Corporation’s CEO Adam Boehler and representatives of other U.S. government economic agencies will be in Jakarta a few days before the Secretary, working to realize the DFC’s vision of a stronger bilateral economic partnership.

    The US Government has been in steady contact with Indonesian principals throughout the spring and summer.  One of its bilateral priorities is assisting Indonesia in its fight against covid-19. It has donated 1,000 ventilators that will allow Indonesian hospitals to save the lives of critically ill patients.

    "Despite the challenges both of our countries face with the covid-19 pandemic, We have continued to deepen our strong partnership in the last few months," he stated.

    (WAH)

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