Foreign Affairs/US-Indonesia Relations

Japan, Indonesia Discuss Indo-Pacific Strategy

Indonesia and Japan are set to work closer to address regional issues, denuclearization of North Korea and peace building in Palestine. The two countries will also seek synergy in realizing their visions for the Indo-Pacific region. Japan wants to promote connectivity between Asia, the Middle East and Africa through its Free and Open Indo-Pacific policy. Indonesia’s grand maritime vision, the Global Maritime Fulcrum, aims to capitalize on its geographic position to make the country become a “fulcrum” of Indo-Pacific maritime activity. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month agreed on a shared vision for maritime cooperation, which covers maritime safety and security, as well as efforts to enhance trade and investment and promote tourism Japan also expressed willingness to strengthen its maritime cooperation with Indonesia. “We agreed to coordinate and seek synergy between Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy and Indonesia’s Global Maritime Fulcrum vision,” Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono told reporters in Jakarta on Monday (25/06). Retno and Kono also discussed the South China Sea and both reaffirmed the importance of ensuring rule of law, freedom of navigation and demilitarization in the disputed waters. (Jakarta Globe)

Indonesia Freezes Iran Oil Deal

Indonesia’s government decided last month to freeze Pertamina’s deal to operate the Mansouri oil field in Iran because it wanted to preserve the country’s “good relationship” with the United States, Pertamina’s Acting Chief Executive Nicke Widyawati said on Tuesday. “We have a good relationship with the United States, and so, it is on hold,” Widyawati told Reuters, adding that the decision came after consultations between Indonesia’s presidency, energy and mines ministry, and Pertamina. (Reuters)


Indonesia Obtains Security Council Seat

Indonesia will have a 2 year term as a non permanent member. Issues it will promote include: peace and stability, sustainable development; and global cooperation on terrorism, radicalism, and extremism. In its previous terms Indonesia was seen as a consensus builder.