Indonesia – US Will Weave Stronger Cooperation Towards Their 70th Year of Diplomatic Relations

​​​Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi  delivered press statement after bilateral meeting with her counterpart  the US Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo at Pancasila Building, in Jakarta, Saturday (4/8).


Jakarta, 4 August 2018. Indonesia and the United States are ready to celebrate their 70th year of diplomatic relations in 2019 with a stronger and mutually-beneficial cooperation on political and security, trade and defense, under the framework of Indonesia-US Strategic Partnership that the two countries agreed in 2015.

The statement is the result of the meeting between Minister for Foreign Affairs, Retno L.P. Marsudi, and the US Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, in Jakarta (4/8). 

Indonesia and the US shared their common vision to maintain strong bilateral relations as the foundation for both countries to boost a more balanced and mutual cooperation in all fields.

Both Ministers also agreed that both countries will further encourage trade and investment cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, with key areas of engagement including digital economy, energy security and infrastructure. Minister Retno reiterated the key pillars of Indonesia's concept of Indo-Pacific: promoting inclusiveness, habit of dialogue, and respect of international law.

The two Ministers, who just met on the ASEAN-US meeting in Singapore on 3/8, underlined the importance of ASEAN's role and centrality for regional prosperity and stability in the region.

Both Ministers also exchanged views on the issues of South China Sea, peace process in Korean Peninsula and Palestine. They highlighted the importance for Indonesia and the US to mutually respect and cooperate on the issues of common concerns in the UN Security Council. Indonesia, the newly elected non-permanent member will be sitting at the same table with US on the UN Security Council for the 2019-2020 period.

During his visit to Indonesia, Secretary Pompeo also paid a courtesy call visit to President Joko Widodo (5/8). (Source: Directorate America I/MoFA Indonesia).