Foreign Affairs/US-Indonesia Relations

Foreign Ownership of Property

Indonesia plans to relax property rules soon to make it easier for foreigners to own homes in the country. Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil told property tycoons in a webinar that the new property rules set to be ratified into law by the end of next month (August), will allow foreigners to have the same rights as Indonesian property buyers. Its not yet clear if the new rules apply to landed houses and could just be for apartment units. Currently, foreigners can own apartment through 30 year lease agreements with 20 year extensions.

US Ventilators Begin to Arrive

It took several months but the US ventilators promised by President Trump in April to his counterpart, President Jokowi, have arrived in Indonesia. The Indonesian government has received 200 ventilators donated by the US and Australian governments to increase the country’s capacity in treating Covid-19 patients, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi said on. The 100 from the US is the first batch of the US commitment to donate a total of 1,000 ventilators in stages.

US Defense and State Department Secretaries Reach Out to Counterparts

U.S. Department of Defense
August 4, 2020

Today, Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper spoke on the phone with his Indonesian counterpart, Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto, to discuss U.S. and Indonesian military cooperation in the age of COVID-19. Secretary Esper and Minister Prabowo discussed maritime security, defense acquisitions, and military exercises. Both the Secretary and Minister Prabowo conveyed their desire to meet in-person soon. Both leaders expressed concern for those that COVID-19 has affected in the United States and Indonesia. Minister Prabowo thanked the American people for providing ventilators and $12.3 million in COVID relief funding to Indonesia.

U.S. State Department

Office of the Spokesperson
August 3, 2020

The following is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi today about the continued, strong U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership and the two countries’ shared goal of respect for international law in the South China Sea. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Marsudi highlighted the importance of increased public health and economic cooperation to rebuild our economies and keep the region safe.