The consultation meeting on the issues concerning UNSC with the US and Vietnam is an integral part of Indonesia's efforts to strengthen cooperation and coordination with the UNSC member states.
The US is a permanent member of the UNSC, while Vietnam is an elected member of the UNSC from Southeast Asian region for the period of 2020-2021.
“Indonesia continuously commits to strengthen cooperation with all UN Security Council member states to put forward issues which raise mutual interests and priorities,” Director of International Security and Disarmament, Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Grata E. Werdaningtyas said in a press statement released on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.
The consultation meetings discussed various issues that become mutual concerns between Indonesia and the US, as well as Indonesia and Vietnam.
The issue of terrorism eradication becomes one of the key discussions with the US. Indonesia will raise the issue as the theme of its presidency at the UNSC in 2020.
At the Indonesia-Vietnam consultation meeting, the two countries discuss the enforcement of regional synergy with the UNSC, including the ASEAN’s roles in maintaining peace and security, as the two countries will represent the Southeast Asian region at the UNSC.
“The bilateral meetings with a number of UNSC members at the UNSC Retreat in Bali are important for better understanding of the position of each country. A mutual understanding related to the position of the UNSC member countries becomes a basic principle in strengthening the UNSC’s effective performance,” said Werdaningtyas.
The UNSC Retreat Meeting, taking place in Bali from 26 to 27 November 2019, is initiated by Indonesia, as an attempt to establish a dialogue between all of the UNSC countries and the UNSC elected members for the 2020/21 period. The meeting aims to establish closer collaborations among the UNSC members to create synergies in supporting the UNSC’s future performance.