JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia has expressed its readiness to strengthen diplomatic relations with the US under the leadership of President-elect Joe Biden, the country's top diplomat said on Thursday, January 14.
“The US has always been one of our important partners, and I think it is not only Indonesia but for all countries,” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told Kompas.com in a virtual interview on Thursday, January 14.
“Politics always come and go,” said Retno. With only two political parties in the US – Democratic and Republican parties – it should not be an issue for Indonesia to continue to enhance its relations with the US under the leadership of Biden, who is from the Democratic Party.
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“We have worked with both parties before so that we could predict how our relations would become under Biden administration,” said Retno, who is also former Indonesia’s Ambassador to the Netherlands.
Retno said Indonesia would always be ready to build a stronger relationship with the US, emphasizing a mutually beneficial and respectful relationship.
She further added that Indonesia already knew what ‘platform’ will be used by the US government from both parties.
“Certainly, the new government will bring impact on the US foreign policy for the next four years,” she said.
(Writer: Miranti Kencana Wirawan | Editor: Miranti Kencana Wirawan)