Consulate Directorate of Indonesian Foreign Ministry reported to foreign representatives about the development of current situation in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara –NTB after the earthquake with 7,0 Richter scale hit North Lombok on 5th August. The Ministry in Jakarta on Wednesday (8/8) also reported that the handling steps are done by Indonesian government. Currently, the government is trying to evacuate the people at the area. The foreign representatives that came to the meeting expressed their condolence to the government and people of Indonesia to handle and respond quickly. To ease the coordination and information related to the foreigners in Lombok, Consulate Directorate of Foreign Ministry gave hotline number that can be contacted every time. Moreover, It also made Whatssap group with member of deputy from Indonesian Foreign Ministry, related ministries or institutions as well as foreign representatives in Jakarta.
Indonesian Foreign Minister, Retno Marsudi appreciated the condolence and grief remark conveyed by leaders of friendly countries over the earthquake in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara –NTT (5/8) . While attending the 51st ASEAN Anniversary in Jakarta on Wednesday (8/8), Minister Retno said that the Indonesian government has received sympathy and grief from many leader countries and international organizations such as Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Russian President Vladimir Putin, President of South Korea Moon Jae-in, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Secretary General of the United Nations , Antonio Guterres, and Secretary General of ASEAN, Lim Jock Hoi. Those countries are also ready to give assistance needed by Indonesia in overcoming the problem post-earthquake. Minister Retno said that all foreign tourists have been evacuated by local government and several parties since the earthquake with magnitude of 7 Richter scale. Then, Minister Retno at "7th Bali Process Ministerial Conference" in Bali on Tuesday (7/8) said that there are not foreign tourists to be victims at the disaster. At least, 700 tourists with local people were evacuated from Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno heading to Bangsal Port to anticipate the next earthquake.
Indonesian Ambassador to Tunisia, Ikrar Nusa Bhakti released 6 scholarship participants of Darmasiswa from Tunis in 2018/2019 academic at Indonesian Embassy in Tunisia on Monday (6/8). At the meeting, Ambassador Ikrar expected that the participants can learn language, art and culture of Indonesia optimally. Darmasiswa participants from Tunisia will be replaced in several universities such as Udayana Univin Bali, Katolik Soegijapranata University in Semarang, Trisakti Tourism Academic School in Jakarta, Jakarta State University and State Polytechnic in Bali. Besides learning Indonesian language, several participants can also learn and explore culinary and Indonesian herb treatment. The Indonesian ambassador also instructed the participants to obey the rules and norms in Indonesia and know the local culture.