JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Former Indonesian Deputy Foreign Minister Dino Patti Djalal has tested positive for Covid-19.
Mohamad Irfan, executive secretary for the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI), which the 55-year-old Dino helped found, confirmed the news a day after he was admitted to the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) on September 15.
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“[FPCI] chairman Dino Patti Djalal is in RSPAD Gatot Subroto, after he experienced respiratory issues that grew worse over the past six days,” state news agency Antara quoted Irfan as saying on Wednesday, September 16.
“[Dino] has been moved to [RSPAD Gatot Soebroto’s] intensive care unit due to his critical condition. He sends his love to all his friends and hope that they all pray [for his recovery].”
Known as one of Indonesia’s leading foreign policy stalwarts, Dino served as deputy foreign minister from July to October 2014.
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He also served as Indonesia’s Ambassador to the United States from 2010 to 2013, where he marked his tenure as the founder of the Congress of Indonesian Diaspora.
Prior to his ambassadorial posting, Dino was also a spokesman for former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono or SBY from 2004 to 2010. SBY also awarded him the Bintang Jasa Utama medal, one of Indonesia’s most distinguished awards for public service, in 2010.
(Writer: Ihsanuddin | Editor: Krisiandi)
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