On 9 January 2019, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Retno LP Marsudi presented the work results of Indonesia’s foreign policies in the last 4 years, in an annual press statement given at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jakarta.
The diplomacy work during this period was summarized in four main diplomatic priorities, namely maintaining the sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia, protecting Indonesian citizens abroad, economic diplomacy, and Indonesia’s role in the region and globally.
“In the last 4 years, border diplomacies and the intensity of border negotiations have been increased and intensified,” said Foreign Minister Retno. It was recorded that Indonesia has carried out 129 border negotiations which resulted in border agreements with Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam and Palau.
Foreign Minister Retno also confirmed that Indonesia would be firm in facing disruption to sovereignty. “Indonesia will not retreat even one inch for the sovereignty of the country, not even one inch,” she said.
Regarding Indonesia’s diplomacy in the Pacific, various cooperation has also been developed, including the cooperation in development, capacity building, maritime cooperation, climate change, and disaster management.
Protecting Indonesian citizens is also a constitutional mandate that must be fulfilled properly. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made this matter as one of the priorities of foreign policies.
Full speech of 2019 Annual Press Statement: