Secretary Blinken and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi Before Their Meeting

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good morning, everyone. It’s a real pleasure to be here with my friend and colleague, the foreign minister of Indonesia. Retno, thank you for being here, but thank you more broadly for Indonesia’s remarkable leadership. We just had – we’re still having what is truly a historic summit between the United States and ASEAN. And the success of this effort is in no small measure due to Indonesia’s leadership as our country coordinator, but also as the leader of ASEAN. I know from speaking to President Biden that the meetings have been already a significant success. And it just puts an emphasis on the great importance that we attach, the United States attaches to ASEAN, our relationship, ASEAN centrality. But so much of this is due to Indonesia’s leadership.

We are working together across the board to advance a shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. We’re working to strengthen economic ties among countries in the region. We’re working together to deal with global challenges, like COVID-19. Just yesterday at the summit that the President was also convening, I had the opportunity to do a session with your health minister about how we can strengthen the global health security system for the future. So here, again, Indonesia is playing a leadership role.

We have a lot to talk about, including the situation in Myanmar and other occupations, but I think most important is that what I’ve seen over the last year and a half is a increasingly strong relationship, partnership between our countries, for which the United States is truly appreciative. So welcome. It’s great to have you.

FOREIGN MINISTER MARSUDI: Well, thank you very much, Secretary Blinken. Thank you very much, Tony. It’s very – I feel so glad to be back to D.C. again, and this time is for the ASEAN-U.S. Summit. And I’m also very glad that we are able to have separately a bilateral meeting to discuss various issues of bilateral relation as well as regional and global issue.

U.S. and Indonesia are strategic partner. With this strategic partnership, I am very glad to see intensified communication and cooperation between our two countries. And we should use this strategic partnership also to contribute to the peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.

So, I also hope to see synergy between the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework with implementation of cooperation under the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.

On the global issue, I would like to reiterate the very consistent of the principle of Indonesia on the importance of respecting territorial integrity and sovereignty of a country to another country. So, this principle is upheld by Indonesia very consistently.

Our hope is to see the war in Ukraine stop as soon as possible, and we give the peaceful resolution of a conflict a chance to succeed. Because we know that if the war continues, all of us will suffer.

And finally, looking forward to welcoming you on the foreign ministers meeting of the G20 in July 2022 in Bali.

So once again, thank you very much.

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Thank you very much, everyone.

FOREIGN MINISTER MARSUDI: Thank you.

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Come on in.

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