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            [post_content] => Jakarta. Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi is scheduled a visit the United States next month to follow up on a bilateral trade agreement discussed during US Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Jakarta last week.

"I will be heading to [Washington] DC next month to participate in bilateral meetings about the regulation aspects for trade and investments," Retno said on Friday (21/04), as quoted by state news agency Antara.

Retno said she held discussions with other ministers to create a unified Indonesian delegation comprising officials from the ministries of home affairs, industry, agriculture and more to go to Washington.

"This will be a critical issue to discuss, as we are coming from a commitment between leaders. It is important to draw up the implementation immediately," Retno added.

Pence's visit to Indonesia last week yielded more than $10 billion in bilateral agreements between Indonesian and US companies.

Eleven agreements were signed, including for oil and gas giant Exxon Mobil to sell liquefied natural gas to state-owned energy company Pertamina; aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin to upgrade the Indonesian Air Force's aging F-16 fighter jets; and for General Electric to develop electricity infrastructure in the archipelago.

However, Indonesia is on a list of 16 countries included in an executive order US President Trump signed last month to investigate trade imbalances.

During his visit, Pence said the United States seeks free and fair trade relationships that will spur job creation and economic growth for both countries.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said last week that the two countries are both committed to improve their strategic partnership, which focuses on trade and investment.
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            [post_content] => Jakarta. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and her Angolan counterpart, Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, signed agreements on visa-free access for diplomats, political consultation and cooperation on economic, scientific, technical and cultural affairs in Jakarta on Tuesday (11/04).

"We've signed three important agreements, which will consolidate and accelerate Angola-Indonesia cooperation," Chikoti said during a joint press conference.

Since Indonesia and Angola initiated diplomatic relations in 2001, the country has since become the Southeast Asian nation's third-largest trading partner in sub-Saharan Africa, with trade valued at more than $290 million in 2016.

The Foreign Ministry said since the 2016 trade value decreased 62 percent from a year earlier, Indonesia suggested a preferential trade agreement in the hope that Chikoti's visit will further strengthen economic cooperation between the two countries.

The two ministers also discussed other issues, including capacity-building training and exchange programs in liquefied natural gas, diplomatic training, investment opportunities in Angola's agro-industry and Indonesia's strategic industry.

Chikoti said Angola is interested in purchasing train carriages from state-owned Industri Kereta Api (INKA).

He also expressed the Angolan government's support for Indonesia's campaign to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2019-2020 period.

The Angolan delegation also met with representatives of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), during which Chikoti raised the possibility of increased cooperation in the agricultural, textile and footwear sectors.

Increasing economic partnerships with Africa is one of Indonesia's foreign policy priorities. In 2018, the archipelago will host the Indonesia-Africa Forum and Maritime Dialogue, which will focus on opportunities for economy cooperation and ways to combat illegal practices at sea, respectively.

Chikoti said Angola will participate in both forums and that the two countries share similar views on international issues.

Chikoti will also visit state-owned arms manufacturer Pindad and aerospace company Dirgantara Indonesia during his three day-visit.
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            [post_content] => Jakarta. International Committee of the Red Cross president Peter Maurer met with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Jakarta on Wednesday (22/03) to strengthen humanitarian action and countermeasures against violent extremism within the Asia-Pacific region.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the ICRC sees Indonesia as an important partner and that it hopes the Muslim-majority country will increase its role to become more active in assisting in humanitarian issues around the world, considering that about two thirds of the Red Cross's operations are in predominantly Muslim nations.

According to a study by Washington-based Pew Research Center, about 62 percent of the world's estimated 1,5 billion Muslims live in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Foreign Ministry cited Maurer as saying that the Geneva-based institution is upbeat that Indonesia's capacity, expertise and moderate form of Islam are strong points that will enable the archipelago nation to play a more active role in humanitarian crises, both in the Asia-Pacific region and globally.

Minister Retno said Indonesia is ready to strengthen partnership with the ICRC and play a bigger role in humanitarian actions on a regional and global stage.

"Cooperation between Indonesia and the ICRC needs to promote a correlation between global humanitarian principles and the true value and teachings of Islam," Retno said in the statement.

Maurer arrived in Indonesia on Monday to meet with various officials, including Vice President Jusuf Kalla, National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian and Le Luong Minh, secretary general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

The Geneva-based ICRC is a independent humanitarian organization, established in 1863.

Its mission is to support and protect victims of violent conflict across the globe. It established a humanitarian mission in Indonesia in 1942, and beside various humanitarian actions, it also undertakes various social missions, including the provision of health-care services, such as cataract surgery in rural areas.
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            [post_content] => Jakarta. Indonesia condemns Wednesday's (22/03) terrorist attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London, which reportedly claimed five lives and injured forty others, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi said in a statement on Thursday.

The ministry confirmed no Indonesians were among the victims of the brazen attack and urged Indonesian citizens in the UK to remain vigilant and cautious, especially when venturing into public places prone to attacks from terrorists.

Following the incident, the Indonesian embassy in London issued a warning for Indonesian citizens to avoid certain areas in London, including the Parliament Square, Whitehall, Westminster Bridge, Lambeth Bridge, Victoria Street up to the junction with Broadway and the Victoria Embankment.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the incident was a "terrorist attack."

 

 
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            [post_content] => Jakarta. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop welcomed the launch of the new Bali Process Government and Business Forum, an Australian and Indonesian partnership to combat human trafficking and modern slavery, on Thursday (16/03).

"These abusive practices are contrary to human dignity and a violation of fundamental human rights," Bishop said in a press release.

The new partnership was announced by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo during the latter's state visit to Australia earlier in February.

The first meeting for the forum is scheduled to take place in Perth, Australia, on Aug. 24-25.

Ministers and business leaders from the 45 Bali Process countries will meet to determine policies to tackle forced labor and trafficking.

"We are launching the forum because we recognize the private sector's critical role in combating these crimes in our region and beyond," Bishop said, adding that the partnership between the two governments will give business leaders a role in preventing these crimes.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Bishop met in Jakarta recently to discuss the partnership under the Bali Process. The ministers will lead the meeting in August.

Walk Free Foundation founder Andrew Forrest and Emtek Group chairman Eddy Sariaatmadja will co-chair the forum, representing Australian and Indonesian business interests.

The 2016 Global Slavery Index, published by the Walk Free Foundation, showed that 45.8 million people worldwide are trapped in slavery, more than two-thirds of them in the Asia-Pacific region.

More than 700,000 people are enslaved in Indonesia.

Established in 2002, the Bali Process is an international forum for policy dialogue on human trafficking and related transnational crimes.
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According to data released by the Foreign Ministry, there are currently more than 1.4 million Indonesian nationals residing in Malaysia. During her visit, Retno met with a small number of those living in Penang and Johor – two states with the highest number of Indonesian residents.

Retno's trip focused on interacting with Indonesian migrant workers (TKI) at their places of employment, as most Indonesians working in Malaysia are employed at palm oil plantations and industrial factories.

While many TKI are legally allowed to seek employment in Malaysia, there is still an alarming number of Indonesians working illegally in the neighboring country. Many of them face mistreatment by employers and some have even fallen victim to human trafficking networks.

On Thursday, Retno met with Penang Governor Abdul Rahman, who expressed his gratitude for the Indonesian workers' contribution to development projects both in Penang and across Malaysia.

According to Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir, Retno will not visit Kuala Lumpur with regard to the criminal case against Indonesian national Siti Aisyah, who was allegedly involved in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

He added that the legal process is already underway and government-appointed lawyers have met with the accused three times to prepare for her defense.

Retno's visit to the cities of Penang and Johor is the first by an Indonesian foreign minister in thirty years.
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Jakarta. Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has called for the total disarmament of nuclear weapons at a regional dialogue on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, or NPT, in Jakarta on Monday (13/03).

Indonesia and the Netherlands co-organized the meeting as part of a preliminary event prior to the 2017 Preparatory Committee Meeting, which is scheduled to take place in May.

Representatives from thirty-five NPT member countries from the Asia Pacific region attended the two-day meeting.

The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is an international treaty on preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology around the world. Signatories of the treaty, which entered into force in 1970, have a binding commitment to achieve complete disarmament by nuclear weapon states.

Indonesia signed NPT in 1970 and later ratified it in 1979. A total of 191 countries have signed the treaty since it went into force, including five states which currently posses nuclear weapons. However, four countries widely believed to possess nuclear weapons – India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea – are not signatories of the treaty.

Retno emphasized that the discussion of establishing a convention on nuclear weapons disarmament is extremely relevant today, in a time of widespread global uncertainty.

Nuclear disarmament is especially significant in the Asia Pacific region as North Korea’s recent missile launch and the United States' push to install the anti-missile THAAD system in South Korea have heightened tensions in East Asia.

She added that the regional meeting should be taken as an example of Indonesia’s commitment to realizing a disciplined, peaceful and safe world. By hosting the event, Indonesia hopes to solidify its chances of becoming a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

A Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on NPT occurs every five years, with the next conference scheduled for 2020. Three preparatory meetings in Vienna, Geneva and New York are also scheduled to take place prior to the review.

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Kenya also plans to establish an embassy in Jakarta in the coming months to replace its current honorary consulate in the capital. Total trade between the two countries amounted to $210 million last year. Maritime Partnerships IORA comprises 21 coastal states bordering on the Indian Ocean and its provides an annual forum to discuss bilateral relations between member states, with a special focus on maritime relations. During her meeting with Mauritian Foreign Minister Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo, Retno invited the country to strengthen cooperation in combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Indonesia has seen an increase in recent years in trade and foreign direct investments from the Comoros and Mauritius. In 2016, trade between Indonesia and the Comoros increased 20 percent, whereas total investments from Mauritius increased twelvefold. Retno discussed further opportunities during the meeting to strengthen member states' partnerships in maritime industries. 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The two ministers also discussed other issues, such as efforts to enhance economic partnerships between Indonesia and France as well as counterterrorism. "France is one of Indonesia's important partners in the European Union, especially in economic affairs," Retno said. Trade between the two countries is valued at more than $2.23 billion annually, while there are currently 424 French investment projects in Indonesia, valued at $109 million. Negotiations on the Indonesia-EU Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement also formed part of the ministers' agenda, with Indonesia considering the finalization of the agreement as a priority. Retno added that France and Indonesia agreed to enhance counterterrorism cooperation, with the two countries sharing similar perspectives on the threat. "France and Indonesia are democratic countries with important roles both regionally and globally [...] In the unstable world we live in, France and Indonesia need to strengthen relations to increase security and ensure peace," Ayrault said. The ministers also discussed the Israel-Palestine conflict, with the two countries sharing the same position on the matter. "We share the same views on the importance of a two-state solution [to the Israel-Palestine conflict]," Retno said. Ayrault also met with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Tuesday morning, followed by a meeting with Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan. 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