US Vice President Slated to Visit Indonesia: Cabinet Secretary
Date 17 April 2017
In a series of his visits to the Asia Pacific region, US Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to undertake a working visit to Indonesia on Thursday (20/4). Pence is also slated to meet Indonesian President Joko Jokowi Widodo for a bilateral talk, in addition to meet with Vice President Jusuf Kalla.
Speaking to reporters on Monday (17/4) at the Merdeka Palace, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said, The main agenda (of Pences visit) is certainly related to the interests of both countries because this is his first visit to the Asia Pacific region and there are only four countries he visits: South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and Australia.
Pramono added that Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and several representatives from the US Government are now doing preparations for Pences visit.
President Jokowi will receive the US Vice President and there will also be press statements. Pence will also have a bilateral talk with Indonesian Vice President, Pramono said.
As for the content of statements, Pramono said it would be conveyed by Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno L. Marsudi.
In the meantime, commenting on whether the US Vice Presidents visit is related to the US support for Indonesia to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Pramono said it has already been discussed with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his visit to Indonesia recently.
Indeed, the Indonesian Government has asked for supports to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. And for this, we certainly give our appreciation. President Jokowi is monitoring which countries that have given their supports to Indonesias bid for the membership, Pramono said. (FID/RAH/ES) (EP/YM/Naster)