Indonesia not Affected by Trump’s Travel Ban: President Jokowi

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation
Date 30 Januari 2017
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President Jokowi talks with the people during the handing of the Smart Indonesia Card on Monday (30/1) in Boyolali, Central Java. (Photo by: Public Relations Division/Oji)

President Jokowi talks with the people during the handing of the Smart Indonesia Card on Monday (30/1) in Boyolali, Central Java. (Photo by: Public Relations Division/Oji)

President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo believes that the executive order signed by US President Donald Trump that bans immigrants and refugees from 7 Muslim-majority nations (Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia) will not affect Indonesia. Nevertheless, the President asserted that justice and equality must be fought for.

The ban is in place 90 days until new security policies are implemented.

“We are not affected by the ban. But I think it is clear in our Constitution that justice and equality must be fought for,” the President said answering the questions from reporters on Monday in Boyolali, Central Java.

As previously reported, US President Donald Trump on Friday (27/1) signed an executive order that bans immigrants and visitors from those seven countries from coming to the US. The policy has sparked rallies across the United States in protest against the policy.

In response to the ban, the Indonesian Embassy in Washington DC has urged Indonesian citizens in the US to stay calm, but keep vigilant. The Embassy also urged the Indonesian citizens to respect U.S. laws and help ensure public order in their neighborhoods, but also that they should understand their rights in case of any issues and directed them to the website of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The Embassy added that the Embassy and the Indonesian Consulate Generals in the US will proactively provide services for all Indonesians in the country and reach out to them. “The Indonesian Government through its Embassy and Consulate Generals in the United States continue to monitor the latest development and will anticipate the impacts that might affect Indonesian citizens,” the Embassy said. (UN/ES)  (EP/YM/Naster) 

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