Ani Hasanah

Ani Hasanah

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February

President Joko Widodo emphasized that the Indonesian government did not have plan to repatriate former ISIS members who had renounced Indonesian citizenship. After inaugurating  new Head of the Marine Security Agency ( Bakamla)  at the State Palace, Jakarta on  Wednesday (12/2), the President explained that  the Indonesian government has security responsibilities towards all Indonesian people. The President also asked his staff to  identify comprehensively all ISIS members  of  former Indonesian Citizens.

"I think it has been announced that the government has security responsibilities for 260 million Indonesians//  That's what the government prioritizes. Therefore, the government does not have a plan to repatriate the people  who are there, ISIS of  ex-Indonesians. Secondly, I ordered that 689 people to be identified one by one, their names and who are they? Where do they come  from? So that the data is complete. So,  prevention  of  deterrence can be done here before the data is entered into immigration. This is firm," President Joko Widodo said. 

Meanwhile, related to the children of ISIS members who were former Indonesian citizens, President Joko Widodo stated  that they have the opportunity to return to Indonesia. However, the repatriation is restricted to children under  10 years. (NDY)

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February

 

 

The process of ratification of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement IA-CEPA or Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement has been completed by the two countries, and will be implemented in April. At the launching of the website "70 Years 70 Stories" in Jakarta, Wednesday (12/02 ), Deputy Ambassador of Australia, Allaster Cox, hopes that Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement is able to encourage trade and investment for both countries. He also said that  the IA-CEPA is a new Australia - Indonesia comprehensive economic partnership agreement which is just nearly ratified between the two countries and will enter into force soon. It's an agreement to boost trade and investment between our two countries and there is a range of measures to increase trade and opportunities for both countries. So I think after the agreement enter into force which probably in April, 99 percent of all Indonesian exports will enter Australia duty free and a range of goods will enter the Indonesian market with new greater access and will open up opportunities also for Australian exports and imports into Indonesia's own production, there is also a new arrangement to encourage investment and other opportunities.

Deputy Ambassador Cox further stated that the most important aspect of this agreement was to increase the knowledge of businesspeople in both countries in terms of investment opportunities. Indonesia-Australia trade value for the past several years was US$16 to 17 billion dollars. Hopefully, the Partnership Agreement can be a stimulus and catalyst within the next 5 to 10 years. (NK)

13
February

President Joko Widodo at the State Palace, Jakarta on Wednesday (12/2) mentioned that a number of intolerance cases in some regions in Indonesia  must be resolved by the local governments. However, until now the local governments are assumed to be unable to overcome the intolerance problems. Therefore, the President has instructed Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security. Mahfud MD and the Head of  Indonesian  Police,  General Idham Azis, to immediately deal with the problems that occur both in Tanjung Balai Karimun and in North Minahasa.

 

 "I also just now ordered  Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Indonesian Police Chief, to guarantee the implementation of freedom of worship and to take firm action against groups or communities that intervene with their worships  based on  the constitutional guarantee I  stated. Do not let the intolerance exist. But the regional governments must be able to resolve the case, but I see  thereis no responce in the regions, so I ordered the Menkopolhukam, the Indonesian Police Chief that the cases  must be resolved, both related to the church in Karimun, in Tanjung Balai, and the mosque in North Minahasa, must be completed, because it becomes a bad precedent, which later can spread to other regions," President Joko Widodo said. 

 

Moreover, President Joko Widodo  emphasized that the constitution has guaranteed freedom for people to believe their  religions and beliefs. He said the constitution provides a legal umbrella for people to worship based on their religions and beliefs. (Ndy)

13
February

President Joko Widodo admitted that he had a conversation via telephone with President of  China,  Xi Jinping on Tuesday night (12/2). To journalists at the State Palace, Jakarta on  Wednesday (13/2), President Joko Widodo explained that in his conversation with President Xi Jinping, he conveyed condolences for the outbreak of COVID-19 in China. COVID-19 is a new virus named  by WHO (World Health Organization), a type of Corona Virus which is endemic to China. President Joko Widodo also expressed optimism that China will be able to overcome the COVID-19 problem in a short time. The President also explained that Indonesia is ready to provide assistance if needed by China.

"I had conversation on telephone with Chinese President, Xi Jinping. Firstly, I expressed condolences and sympathy to the victims of the corona virus in China.  Then, I said that Indonesia will always be with China in a difficult time like this. I also stated that Indonesia believes that China  can solve the corona virus problem quickly. That's  what I conveyed to President Xi Jinping," President Joko Widodo said.  

Previously, a number of media in China stated that  President Xi Jinping on Tuesday night (11/2) had communicated with President Joko Widodo. President Xi assured President Joko Widodo that China has won the war against COVID-19. Xi also expressed his appreciation for the attention given by the Indonesian government to China. He further said as a friendly country, Indonesia and China must walk hand in hand for progress. (Ndy)