His Excellency Alfred T. Palembangan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to Venezuela and accredited to the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago presented his Letter of Credence to the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, His Excellency George Maxwell Richards on Friday, 29th May 2009, in Port of Spain.
During presenting his Letter of Credence, Ambassador Alfred T. Palembangan had an opportunity to have a friendly conversation with the President George Maxwell Richards. The Ambassador conveyed to the President and the people of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago warm regards from the President of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and from the people of the Republic of Indonesia. The Ambassador underlined his sincere commitment to maintain and further strengthen the cordial relationship which exists between Indonesia and Trinidad and Tobago. In his remarks, the Ambassador congratulated the Government of Trinidad of Tobago who has successfully hosted the Summit of the Americas on the 17th-19th of April 2009, in Port of Spain. In this occasion, President George Maxwell Richards expressed his congratulations to the Government of the Republic of Indonesia for successfully conducting the Election for Legislative Members and conveyed his sympathy on the accident of the Hercules C-130 of Indonesian Military which crashed in Magetan, East Jawa and killed 105 people.
Prior to the presentation of his Letter of credence, Ambassador Alfred T. Palembangan had a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Trinidad and Tobago, Paula Gopee-Scoon and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Edwina Leacock. They discussed upon the possibility of initiating cooperation between the two countries on natural gas and energy. The Ambassador took this opportunity to inform the Minister about 2.000 Indonesian citizens who are working in the oil industry and fishery within Trinidad and Tobago’s territory. The Ambassador sought the attention and assistance from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago shall any of these Indonesian citizens are faced with obstacles and problems during their duties in Trinidad and Tobago.
After the presentation of the Letter of Credence, Ambassador Alfred T. Palembangan paid a courtesy call to the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, the Ambassador of Argentina, José Luis Vignolo, in the Embassy of Argentina, Port of Spain.