House Speaker Expects Stronger Indonesia-US Ties

Setya Novanto is accused of having received Rp 574 billion from the Rp 5.9 trillion procurement project and can face up to 20 years in prison, if convicted. (Antara Photo/Nyoman Budhiana)

By : Markus Junianto Sihaloho & Eko Prasetyo | on 5:31 PM January 12, 2017
Category : News, Politics, Foreign Affairs

Jakarta. House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto has expressed his hope for reinforcement of Indonesia-United States ties after the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on Jan. 20.

"Hopefully, with Donald Trump, there will be a new strength in Indonesia-United States [relations]. Trump has a very strong vision for [this] partnership," Setya said on Thursday (12/01).

According to him, the US will have a special attitude toward Indonesia and the relationship between the president-elect and President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's has also improved.

Setya, who is a friend of Trump, claimed that the latter respects Indonesia as the world's largest Muslim-majority country.

"Apart from this, Donald Trump has invested his own assets in Indonesia," he added.

Setya said Trump's investments in the country, which are related to the defense and tourism sectors, will increase in the future and "will be beneficial to Indonesia."

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