President Jokowi May Meet Trump at G20 Summit: FM Retno


JUNE 21, 2017

Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo may meet with United States President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in July, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Wednesday (21/06).

During a phone call with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday evening, Retno discussed issues that may be put on the table during the planned meeting between Jokowi and Trump.

"A plan has been put in place for President Jokowi to meet with President Trump on the sidelines of the G20 Summit. They will discuss, among others, continued threats from terrorism," Retno said.

The 2017 G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, will be the twelfth meeting of the Group of 20, where world leaders including those of South Korea, Japan, Russia, France and the United Kingdom are expected to convene to discuss global issues aimed at promoting international financial stability.

Retno added Tillerson said Trump was impressed with Jokowi’s speech at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in May.

During the summit, Jokowi called for unity among Muslims across the globe to combat terrorism. He urged more than 50 leaders of Muslim nations present to "not waste our energy on being enemies."

"[Trump] wants to follow up on the details of that speech, with the possibility for cooperation within the context of counterterrorism efforts," Retno said.

According to Retno, the United States is committed to contribute to a reconciliation in the Qatar-Gulf diplomatic crisis, and is currently engaging with the countries involved to swiftly realize a peaceful dialogue.

Commenting on the standoff between Philippine security forces and Islamic State-affiliated militants in Marawi City in the southern Philippines, Tillerson said the US appreciated Indonesia’s initiative to take a leading role in addressing increasing threats of terrorism in the region.

"Terrorism knows no borders. We [Indonesia and the US] will keep each other updated on the security situation, and we've made a commitment to work together in counterterrorism efforts," Retno said.