Foreign Affairs/US-Indonesia Relations

Zelensy and Putin Invited to G20

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted he had been invited to the G20 Summit in November hosted by Indonesia. Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin has also been invited. “Had talks with President @jokowi… Appreciate inviting me to the @g20org summit,” he said in a tweet, referring to Zelensky did not confirm whether he would accept the invitation to the summit on the island of Bali in November. Russia has said its President Vladimir Putin plans to attend but perhaps, not in person. President Jokowi stressed that his interest is in advancing a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine through talks. “We understand that the G-20 can be a catalyst for global economic recovery,” he added. Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov declined to say whether Putin would attend in person, though Russia would bring a high-level delegation to the summit. As Russia prepares for the summit in Bali, it is “premature” to discuss the details of its participation, he told reporters in a conference call on Friday, responding to questions about the possibility of a meeting with Zelensky in Indonesia. Rizal Sukma, a former Indonesian diplomat and political analyst at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, said the invitation “reflects Indonesia’s intention to try to secure the participation of all G20 members to the summit in Bali, and creates an opportunity for Russia and Ukraine to try find ways to achieve peace.” (Financial Post)

Jokowi Will Attend the US-ASEAN Summit

President Biden will host the Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Washington, DC on May 12 and 13 for a U.S.-ASEAN Special Summit. The Special Summit will demonstrate the United States’ enduring commitment to ASEAN, recognizing its central role in delivering sustainable solutions to the region’s most pressing challenges, and commemorate 45 years of U.S.-ASEAN relations. It will build on President Biden’s participation in the October 2021 U.S.-ASEAN Summit, where the President announced $102 million in new initiatives to expand our engagement with ASEAN on COVID-19 recovery and health security, fighting the climate crisis, stimulating broad-based economic growth, promoting gender equality, and deepening people-to-people ties. (White House Press Statement, April 16, 2022) President Jokowi will attend the event.