La Paz, 26 December 2018: The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, Lima, Marina Estella Anwar Bey, has presented Credentials to the Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma at the Palacio de Gobierno del Bolivia. On that occasion the Letter of Recall of Ambassador Moenir Ari Soenandar was also handed over. The Indonesian Ambassador was accompanied by the Embassy Official for Political Functions. Prior to the presentation of the Credentials, the arrival of Ambassador Lima was welcomed by the Honorary Guard Troops.
After presenting the Letter of Credentials to President Morales, the Indonesian Ambassador Lima was specially received for a short bilateral meeting. In the meeting, President Morales was accompanied by Bolivian Foreign Minister Diego Pary Rodriguez.
The issues conveyed by Indonesian Ambassador Lima during this short meeting with President Morales were among others, delivering warm greetings from the Indonesian President to President Morales and the Bolivian People and conveying gratitude for the expressions of condolence and concern of the Bolivian Government and the personal statements through President Morales twitter account for the Tsuname disaster in the Sunda Strait waters.
The Ambasssador Lime affirmed that Indonesia has commitment to improve bilateral relations between Indonesia and Bolivia and Indonesia is seeing great opportunities for enhancing the coopertaion between the two countries. In this relation Ambassador Lime proposed the establishment of a Bilateral Consultation Forum between the Foreign Ministeries of Indonesia and Bolivia, to discuss several issued of mutual concern to increase the bilateral relations between the two countries as well as preparing the measured steps to achieve the target of the relationship between the two countries.
With regard to cooperation in international fora, Ambassador Lima expressed Indonesia's appreciation for Bolivia's support in connection with Indonesia's election as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council and hopes for Blivian support for Indonesia's candidacy as member of the Human Rights Council for the period of 2020-2022, of which the election will be held at the 74th UN General Assembly in November 2019 in New York.
Indonesia will actively promote people to people contacts through various initiatives, such as education and culture therough the Dharmasiswa scholarship and Developing Nations Partnership schemes. Apart from that, Bolivia is free to have other initiatives, as long as the proposals would be of benefit to both parties.
Specifically, Indonesian Ambassador Lima mentioned that Indonesia unilaterally has granted 30-days visitor visa waivers to Bolivian citizens based on Presidential Instruction No. 21 of year 2016. In this relation, it is hoped that Bolivia may reciprocate with implementing the same arrangements towards Indonesian citizens visiting Bolivia. It was stated that the granting of Visa Waivers may enhance the cooperation between the two countries, in particular in the field of economy.
In his response, the Bolivian President conveyed his gratitude for the greetings of the Indonesian President to himself and the Bolivian people and expressed congratulations on her assignment as Indonesian Ambassador. He welcomed the cooperation between the two countries and was certain that the Indonesian people would soon be able to overcome the current situation due to the tsunami disaster in the Sunda Strait waters.
President Morales also hoped that the two countries would soon be able to organize and to identify effective steps to discuss the improvement of bilateral relations. In connection with Bolivian support for Indonesia's candidacy as Member of the Human Rights Council for 2020-2022, the Bolivian government will declare its position at the first opportunity through the Bolivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In particular, President Evo Morales agreed to the Indonesian Government's proposal with regard to the visa waiver arrangements between the two countries and conveyed that he will instruct the related instances about the Indonesia-Bolivia visa waivers. (Indonesian Embassy in Lima)