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Jakarta Post

A new road for Indonesia and the United States

  • Richard G. Lugar

Washington D.C   /   Tue, July 6 2010   /  11:14 am

The Indonesia-US relationship continues to strengthen. It received an important boost when President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono proposed in 2008 a Comprehensive Partnership between the two countries. In 2009, Secretary of State Clinton and Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda announced agreement to implement the proposal.  We must not let this and other successes in our bilateral relations be overshadowed by the latest postponement of President Obama‚Äôs much-anticipated trip to Indonesia.  While there is understandable disappointment in Indonesia, neither White House scheduling problems nor the subsequent glee emanating from a few anti-American pockets in Indonesia should detract from a growing relationship. Both sides are working hard to enhance ties. President Yudhoyono and other Indonesia leaders are implementing ambitious strategies to strengthen the rule of law, combat corrupti...