Monday, 29 May 2017

US Vice President To Visit Indonesia: Senior Minister

Wiranto. (Antara)
Jakarta, (Antara Sumbar) - US Vice President Mike Pence plans to conduct a working visit to Indonesia, coordinating minister for political, security and legal affairs Wiranto said here on Monday (March 13).

"The planned arrival of Pence was discussed at the meeting," he said after meeting with US ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R Donovan Jr at the former's office.

Wiranto did not explain when the visit of the vice president would be, but added that during his first tour abroad as a vice president, Pence is also scheduled to meet President Joko Widodo.

"I and the US ambassador have also discussed the substantial issues that could be used by Jokowi as reference. We have discussed strategic issues of the two countries," he noted.

"If we look back at history, the diplomatic relations between the US and Indonesia have remained since Dec 1949. It means four years after independence (from the Netherlands), we still have diplomatic relations with the US," he stated.

Wiranto hoped that the cooperation that has been developed between the US and Indonesia could continue even under the new leadership of US President Donald Trump.

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has been scheduled to conduct his first visit to a number of Asian countries, including Japan on March 15, South Korea on March 17, and China on March 18 and 19. (*)

Editor: Vicha Faradika

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