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Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi and her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono had the 6th Strategic Dialog of Indonesia and Japan in Jakarta, Monday (25/6). It was Minister Taro Kono’s first visit to Indonesia. The dialog also attended by representatives of Indonesian Economic Coordinating Ministry, Maritime Coordinating Ministry, and Marine & Fisheries Ministry. It was held at the same time with the 60th anniversary of Indonesia-Japan bilateral relations. The dialog was aimed to increase relations in politics & security, economy, trade & investment, people to people contact, and more strategic cooperation possibilities. Besides bilateral issues, both foreign ministers also discussed regional and global issues that became the concern of the two countries. They also identified strategic cooperation to be realized through bilateral cooperation development. Japan is a strategic partner for Indonesia. In the meeting, Marsudi and Kono agreed on the importance of increasing cooperation in investment, especially for infrastructure.Meanwhile on climate change, both ministers welcomed the Joint Crediting Mechanism that has been implemented, and agreed that its implementation must give added value and increase the capacity of Indonesia in handling impacts from climate change. In the meeting, they also welcomed the positive development in Korean Peninsula, which is expected to bring regional peace and stability.

Indonesian Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister A.M. Fachir welcomed 252 passengers of LOT Polish Airlines in Denpasar, Bali (25/6). Fachir appreciated the charter flight continuity from Poland to Indonesia as the reflection of the increase of cooperation on people to people contact, especially in tourism. Deputy Minister believed, Polish tourists will enjoy various tourist attractions in Indonesia, mainly maritime tourism and cultural diversity.Specifically, Deputy Minister Fachir awarded Panorama Tour and Rainbow Tour which had played many roles in realizing the tourism cooperation by using LOT Polish Airlines charter flight. Fachir added, the Polish tourist visit with charter flight can be a reference to increase similar cooperation with other countries.

Government of Egypt officially extended the emergency status after the Parliament agreed on the decision of President Abdel Fattah el Sisi to apply emergency situation for the next three months. The status extension was done for the first time in October 2017, which was extended again in January and April. The emergency status extension in Egypt will begin on July 14, 2018. The government’s official statement said, the army and police must keep the security across Egypt, both to protect public and private properties and to take necessary measures against terrorism.Indonesian government via its Embassy in Cairo admitted to keep monitoring the situation in Egypt. Defense Attaché of Indonesian Embassy in Cairo Colonel Kemas Muhammad Ikhwan Madani explained, the extended emergency status was the policy of local government based on assessment towards actual condition to maintain national stability and security. Muhammad Ikhwan in Cairo, Monday (25/6) said the extension would make the law enforcers be more repressive actions against Indonesians and the security system will be tighter, mainly in some critical regions including access to Gaza.

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