US May Resume Special Forces Training
The United States and Indonesia have agreed to improve their defense cooperation, especially in medical rehabilitation and ways to resume ties with the Army’s Special Forces Command (Kopassus). “It is my personal request so that Kopassus can resume training with American soldiers,” Defense Minister Ryamiard Ryacudu told a joint press conference with acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Michael Shanahan on Thursday. The US cut all ties with Kopassus in the 1990s following alleged human rights abuses such as in the then Indonesian province of East Timor and during the 1998 reform movement. Shanahan said he hoped that training with Kopassus’ anti-terror unit could be carried out in 2020.
US Statement on Passing of Ani Yudhoyono
On behalf of the Government of the United States, I want to convey my condolences to former First Lady Ani Yudhoyono’s family and the people of Indonesia on her passing. Mrs. Yudhoyono served her country and people admirably, and dedicated her life to the betterment of Indonesia through her advocacy for the health and education of Indonesians. In this time of mourning, please accept our deepest sympathy and reassurances that the United States will long remember Mrs. Yudhoyono’s friendship and dedication to her country.