Statement of President of the Republic of Indonesia on Indonesia’s G20 Presidency, Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java Province, April 29, 2022
Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,
As someone with the mandate for the G20 Presidency in 2022, I have in the last two months been in touch with a number of world leaders and Secretary-General of the United Nations on the preparation for the upcoming G20 Summit, which to be held in Bali in November this year.
We also discussed, via phone calls, the dynamics of the current global situation, including the Russia-Ukraine war.
On March 7, 2022, I talked with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. On March 8, 2022, I talked with Prime Minister of Japan Fumion Kishida. I also talked with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau on March 16, 2022. On March 22, 2022, I talked via telephone with French President Emmanuel Macron. I talked with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on March 31, 2022, and on April 12, 2022 with UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
Last Wednesday, April 27 at 15.00, I talked with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Last night, Thursday, April 28, I had a telephone conversation with President of Portugal Marcelo de Sousa. And, last night at 7, I talked via telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In the telephone conversation with the Ukrainian President, I was briefed on the latest development of the situation there. We also discussed requests for weaponry assistance from Indonesia.
I underscored that in accordance with the mandate of the Indonesian Constitution and the principles of Indonesia’s foreign policies, we are not allowed to deploy weaponry assistance to any country. However, Indonesia stands ready to provide humanitarian assistance. I expressed hope that the war can come to an end immediately and a peaceful solution through negotiations can be put forward.
We understand that the G20 plays a role as a catalyst in the recovery of the world economy. And, if we talk about the world’s economic recovery, there are two main factors at the moment, namely COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.
It is in this context then in the telephone conversation yesterday, I invited President Zelenskyy to attend the G20 Summit. And lastly, in the telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian President provided me with updates on the situation in Ukraine, including the ongoing negotiation process between the two countries.
I once again highlighted the importance of ending the war immediately. I also stressed that a peaceful solution must be continuously pursued and Indonesia is ready to contribute to the peace process. On that occasion, President Putin thanked me for the invitation to the G20 Summit and confirmed his attendance.
Closing my statement, let me underline that Indonesia aims to bring the G20 together. We must avoid disunity. Peace and stability are key to the recovery and rebuilding of the global economy.
That concludes my statement.
I thank you.
Wassalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.