US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (Photo courtesy of US Embassy in Jakarta)

Pompeo to Visit Indonesia Next Week

BY :HERU ANDRIYANTO & NATASIA CHRISTY WAHYUNI

OCTOBER 22, 2020

Jakarta. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Indonesia next week as part of his Asian trips that also includes India, Sri Lanka and Maldives, the US Embassy in Jakarta said on Thursday.

“The Secretary will travel to Jakarta to deliver public remarks and meet with his Indonesian counterparts to affirm the two countries’ vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the embassy said in a statement.

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said separately Pompeo will attend a dialogue hosted by the Ansor Youth Movement, the youth wing of Indonesia’s biggest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama.

“In addition to a meeting with me, Secretary Pompeo will attend a forum hosted by the Ansor Youth Movement,” Retno said.

Pompeo is expected to deliver a speech in the dialogue on religious affairs and civilization, she added.

She reiterated that the United States is a key partner of Indonesia and the exchange of high-level visits by officials from both countries continues even during the pandemic.

“Assistant Secretary of State [Marie Royce] has visited Indonesia. Indonesian Defense Minister [Prabowo Subianto] has visited the US. In addition, a delegation of the US International Development Finance Corporation also will arrive here later this week, prior to the visit by Secretary Pompeo,” Retno said.

Indonesia intends to build stronger and mutually beneficial relations with the US, she said.

“I believe my conversation with Secretary Pompeo will run smoothly and strengthen our bilateral relationship with the US,” Retno said.

New Ambassador
The news came a day after newly-appointed US Ambassador Sung Kim presented his letter of credential to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the State Palace.

The South Korean-born ambassador arrived in Jakarta on Oct. 4 but he first had to complete a 14-day quarantine under new requirements adopted during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The United States and Indonesia have a strong relationship, and I look forward to a future of even more progress. I hope to work to the benefit of the Indonesian and American peoples, and to get to know this beautiful country,” Kim said.

He was nominated for the Indonesian mission last year and confirmed by the full Senate on August 6, 2020.

New US Ambassador Sung Kim presents credentials to President Joko Widodo at the State Palace in Jakarta on Oct. 21, 2020. (Photo Courtesy of Presidential Press Bureau)
New US Ambassador Sung Kim, left, presents credentials to President Joko Widodo at the State Palace in Jakarta on Oct. 21, 2020. (Photo Courtesy of Presidential Press Bureau)

He most recently served as US Ambassador to the Philippines from November 2016 until October 2020. From 2011 to 2014, he was the US Ambassador to South Korea, according to the embassy. 

Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper will be in India to attend the third annual US-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue.

Pompeo will continue his trip to Colombo to underscore the US commitment to “a partnership with a strong, sovereign Sri Lanka and to advance our common goals for a free and open Indo-Pacific region”, the embassy said.

Thereafter, Secretary Pompeo will travel to Malé to discuss partnership on issues ranging from regional maritime security to the fight against terrorism.
 

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