RI Foreign Minister Affirms Strategic Partnership in Deepening RI-US Relations

“The RI-US strategic partnership will continue to expand and deepen bilateral relations, which not only will benefit the two nations, but will also contribute to the maintenance of stability, security, and improving prosperity in the region and the world,” said the RI Foreign Minister, Retno Marsudi at the conclusion of her meeting with the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson to follow up the recent visit of US Vice President, Mike Pence to Jakarta in April (4/5).

The two agreed to optimize and synergize the dialogue mechanisms in various areas of cooperation. As the umbrella of strategic cooperation, the dialogue mechanisms at the Foreign Minister level is expected to identify barriers and advance implementation of strategic cooperation between the two countries.

In the economic field, Minister Marsudi and Secretary Tillerson discussed strengthening economic cooperation mechanisms between the two countries. It is expected that this will not only increase trade and investment numbers of both countries, but also lead to mutually beneficial economic cooperation. In this regard, the two sides agreed to revitalize the RI-US Trade Investment Framework Arrangement (TIFA), which will begin meeting in June 2017. “TIFA is not only expected to drive trade and investment growth, but also identify needed steps in the future to enhance economic cooperation interaction between the two countries,” said the Minister.

The developments in the region, in particular in the Korean Peninsula was a major focus during the meeting. Minister Marsudi emphasized that open conflict will benefit no one and will only adversely impact economic growth and development, whose effects are so far felt by the people in the Asia Pacific region.

The Foreign Minister affirmed that every step must be taken in a measured way in order to not disturb security, peace, and stability in the region. “Indonesia has consistently requested that North Korea obey all UN Security Council Resolutions related to denuclearization and emphasized that dialogue in resolving the issue in the Korean Peninsula must be prioritized,” said the Minister.

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