The inauguration ceremony was held at World Trade Center I Building in Central Jakarta on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. It was attended by Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Erica Jovel Polanco and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.
"Our country is very interested to deepen relations and collaborations with you," the Guatemalan minister said here on Thursday evening.
It is the sixth Guatemalan Embassy in Asia and the 106th foreign embassy in Jakarta. The selection of Jakarta as the location of Guatemalan Embassy in the Southeast Asian region also represents a Jakarta’s acknowledgment as the capital city of the ASEAN.
Polanco and her delegation’s visit to Jakarta from December 10-11 2019 was the first Foreign Ministerial level visit since the opening of Indonesia-Guatemala’s bilateral relationship 26 years ago in 1992. The Guatemalan Embassy in Jakarta was closed in 1993 a year after the opening,
Guatemala is Indonesia’s second largest trading partner in the Central American region. The bilateral trade between the two countries reached USD50.29 million in 2018 and will be increased through various mechanisms, including Latin America and the Caribbean (INA-LAC) Business Forum and Trade Expo.
"We are building stronger infrastructure for our diplomatic relations. God willing, it will result in stronger economic ties," the Indonesian minister said.