Nha Trang, Vietnam – Indonesia affirms its full support for Vietnam's leadership this year, which carries the theme of "Cohesive and Responsive." This affirmation was conveyed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Retno L.P. Marsudi, at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Retreat Meeting in Nha Trang, Vietnam, January 16-17, 2020. The Indonesian Foreign Minister underlined some points in the meeting.
"Indonesia is pleased to note that ASEAN has completed many steps of actions for the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the ASEAN Community Blueprint. This year's midterm review is an important step to ensure the full realization of the ASEAN Vision and its Blueprint," said the Indonesian Foreign Minister.
As a follow-up to the ASEAN's Outlook on the Indo-Pacific, Indonesia stated that it would hold an "ASEAN-WEF Forum on Indo-Pacific Infrastructure and Connectivity" in Jakarta, 7-9 July 2020. This meeting will involve the government and business circles of ASEAN and Indo-Pacific countries.
Indonesia also stressed that ASEAN must remain an engine of peace and stability. "ASEAN must be consistent in ensuring peace and stability in the region, including in the South China Sea," Foreign Minister Retno said. At the AMM Retreat meeting, ASEAN agreed to ensure that international law, including 1982 UNCLOS, is respected by all parties in the South China Sea.
Indonesia also encouraged ASEAN to put the issues of women, peace, and security on its agenda. Indonesia plans to hold the second regional training on women, peace, and security in 2020.
Regarding Vietnam's priorities for 2020, Indonesia hopes that the AICHR Term of Reference review be completed under Vietnam's leadership. Indonesia also encouraged ASEAN to be more active and work together to ensure the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in 2020.
In promoting ASEAN's identity, awareness, and pride, Indonesia proposes that the adoption of the ASEAN Narrative on ASEAN Identity, which is currently being discussed in the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, can be carried out this year.
The ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Retreat was the first meeting held by Vietnam in its chairmanship.
Through the "Cohesive and Responsive" theme, ASEAN is expected to be able to strengthen its unity and increase its presence in the community.
Source: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs