Washington DC, 5 June 2018: On the sidelines of the programs at the United Nations Headquarters for Indonesia's candidacy campaign as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, the Indonesian Foreign Minister, Retno L.P. Marsudi, held a bilateral meeting with the US Secretary of State, Michael Richard Pompeo, at the US Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Washington DC (5/6/2018).
The meeting discussed efforts to strengthen the strategic cooperation between the two countries. Both Ministers gave attention to several priorities in the field of cooperation, such as economic cooperation, counter-terrorism measures, and defense cooperation. Minister Retno also extended an invitation to the US Secretary of State to visit Indonesia in the framework of the Annual Ministerial Strategic Dialogue, as an implementation of the Strategic Partnership.
The two Foreign Ministers also discussed cooperation in counter-terrorism. Minister Retno stressed the importance of women empowerment on the eradication of terrorism.
Moreover, Minister Retno also conveyed that her visit to the United States is to promote Indonesia's candidacy as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. She said that Indonesia would appreciate the United States' support at the upcoming election on 8 June 2018 at the UN Headquarters.
Aside from bilateral issues, both Foreign Ministers discussed several regional and global issues, including the Palestinian issue. Minister Retno reiterated Indonesia's position in supporting the Palesinian struggle. As the country with the largest Moslem population in the world, Indonesia would expect the US to be friends and give attention to the interests of the Islamic world.
In addition to the Palestinian issue, the two Foreign Ministers also discussed other matters, such as the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the Indo-Pacific issue. Minister Retno believes that peace in the Korean Peninsula will largely contribute to the stability on the wider region, including South East Asia.
The two Foreign Ministers also stressed the importance of communication on inclusive Indo-Pacific development, putting forward cooperation and respect for international law.
The meeting between the Indonesian Foreign Ministers and the US Secretary of State is the first meeting since his appointment as US Secretary of State in April 2018. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)