The Jakarta Post
As the US welcomes president- elect Donald Trump, a US representative to Indonesia has pledged that the world’s largest democracy will maintain its established relationship with Southeast Asia’s largest economy.
Following a tough presidential campaign between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy in Jakarta, Brian McFeeters, said he believed that regardless of who would come out as the winner, the result of the US presidential election would not hamper well-maintained relations between Indonesia and the US.
“We are quite sure that no matter what the result of this presidential election, there would be broad continuity of a very well developed US-Indonesia relationship," he said at @america, the US Embassy's cultural center in Jakarta on Wednesday.
Republican Trump amazed people across the world by defeating Clinton of the Democratic Party in the race for the White House in what will end eight years of Democratic rule.
McFeeters said the US was committed to continuing its strategic partnership with Indonesia. That covered a wide array of aspects, including education, culture, defense and cooperation on counterterrorism efforts.
He highlighted Indonesia's growing role on the global stage, such as in the G20, which he believed would be crucial to fix a global economic slowdown.
Vice President Jusuf Kalla previously expressed his concern over protectionist policies Trump announced during his campaign, which he said would hamper the trade partnership between the two countries. In June, he criticized Trump following the latter’s plan to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the US, saying that could spark retaliatory policies from other countries. (fac/ebf)
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