RRI World Service -Voice of Indonesia with Diplomatic Corner, a program which presents information about activities and progress of Indonesian diplomacy in the international world.
The first information is from Malaysia.
Next year is very important year for Indonesian people. The year is that all Indonesian citizens, either in home or abroad, especially who have political rights, get chance to directly elect president, vice president and legislative members simultaneously. To ensure smooth election, especially overseas, Indonesian Deputy Ambassador in Kuala Lumpur – Andreano Erwin said on Friday (15/06/18) that the Indonesian embassy always coordinates with the overseas election committee in Kuala Lumpur to ensure smooth process of the election. The Deputy Ambassador also gave a message to the Indonesian citizens in Malaysia to succeed the implementation of the general election. The Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur always calls for the Indonesian citizens in Malaysia to maintain unity together, and Indonesian image. Because the location of the election which is outside of Indonesia, since early June the Indonesian embassy has coordinated with Police of Malaysia to know the rules which are valid in Malaysia related to the implementation of the general election. From the meeting, it resulted in the decision that all Indonesian citizens in Malaysia are asked not to conduct practical political activities in anything form related to 2019 general election, including hate speech and hoax related to politic, either on mass media or social media and not to use political attributes such as t-shirt, flags, and banner.
The next information is from Finland.
Foreign Affairs Ministers of Indonesia, Retno Marsudi and Finland, Timo Soini have become co-hosts of High Level Advisory Board on Mediation Meeting (HLAB-M), the UN Secretary General in Helsinki, Finland on last Monday (18/6). The UN Secretary General and members of the meeting attended in the event. In the opening, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi disclosed 3 inputs for the UN Secretary General and the meeting related to mediation efforts to prevent conflict and to create peace. Firstly, it is important to increase communication with leaders of community/religion to protect "value of tolerance". Secondly, it’s important to change "culture of reaction" becoming "culture of prevention". In this regard, Minister Retno conveyed support to the initiative of the UN Secretary General to become "conflict prevention" as one of the UN priorities. Thirdly, it’s important to spread "habit of dialogue" to respect the international law, to cooperate with regional organizations in a bid to prevent conflict. It is in line with Indonesian priority as the UN non-permanent member for the period January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020. The meeting was formed by the UN Secretary General on September 13, 2017, with 18 key members of former presidents, former foreign affairs ministers and other important figures. One of the meeting members is former Indonesian foreign affairs Minister, Marty Natalegawa. The goal of the establishment of the meeting is to give support for the UN Secretary General in increasing mediation in the UN agenda. The UN Secretary General especially conveyed award on Indonesian active role in Rakhine State issue.
We end Diplomatic Corner with the information from Finland.
Indonesia and Finland reached very significant development in bilateral relations in2017. This was stated by Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi at bilateral meeting with her counterpart Finnish Foreign Affairs Minister, Timo Soini in Helsinki, Finland on Monday(18/06). As reported on the website of Indonesian foreign affairs ministry, in 2017, the bilateral trade increased 66 percent. Meanwhile, tourist number of Finland to Indonesia increased more than 21 percent. Finnair has also conducted flight from Helsinki to Bali. Besides, there is a new cooperation which has been agreed, namely in the field of dialogue of among religions. Firstly, meeting and dialogue among religions will be conducted in September. Secondly, both of them also agreed to increase cooperation in 3 fields, namely forest, renewable energy, and science. One of the important issues which has been agreed, is cooperation of visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and official passports.