As Special Guest, Jokowi Stays in White House's Official Guest Residence

Fajar Nugraha    •    Selasa, 22 Sep 2015 18:46 WIB
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As Special Guest, Jokowi Stays in White House's Official Guest Residence
Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi and John Kerry (Photo: KBRI Washington), Washington: On the visit of President Joko Widodo, October 26, US President Barack Obama is planned to welcome the Indonesian President in the Oval Office. As a special guest of the U.S. Government, Blair House is prepared as a resting quarter of President Jokowi during his Washington DC visit.

The meeting in the Oval Office between the two nations' head of states was conducted ten years ago, in 2005.

"The meeting at the Oval Office and his stay in the Blair House symbolizes the closeness of both countries' relationship," mentioned Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, in a written statement of Indonesian Foreign Ministry, as received by, Tuesday (9/22/2015).

President Joko Widodo's visit is to be conducted as aligned to the five years of Indonesia and US Comprehensive Partnership, launched in 2010.

"During the visit of President Joko Widodo to the States, both head of states are planned to launch the more strategic Indonesia-US partnership," mentioned Minister Marsudi

FM Retno, who conducted a bilateral talks with FM John Kerry, also discussed various regional and global issues within the interest of both countries. Aside from that, also discussed are the ASEAN and East Asia Conference agendas, along with the latest developments in maintaining the stability and security in South China Sea.

In the meeting, FM Kerry affirmed that as a key nation in ASEAN, Indonesia plays a great role in maintaining ASEAN's centrality.

Both ministers also specially discussed the climate change issue, mainly related to both countries' commitments to lower the emission level through the INDC commitment and the effort of successfully holding the Climate Change Conference in Paris, on November.