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US, RI pledge closer, comprehensive ties

  • Abdul Khalik

    THE JAKARTA POST

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 19 2009   /  09:07 am

The US and Indonesia have pledged to deepen cooperation, with visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telling Indonesia it played a key role in US foreign policy.

In a joint press conference Wednesday after a bilateral meeting with her Indonesian counterpart Hassan Wirajuda, Clinton said the US new administration recognized Indonesia’s role in handling global problems, including terrorism, protectionism, climate change and the economic crisis. “Building a comprehensive partnership with Indonesia is a critical step on behalf of the United States’ commitment to smart power,” she said. Clinton said it was not an accident her first trip abroad as the top US diplomat included Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim-majority country, as it was meant to show support for the country’s vibrant democracy and efforts to fight terrorism while respecting hum...