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Jakarta Post

Indonesia, US fight against intolerance

  • Jenny Zhang

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 6 2017   /  01:07 am

Indonesians are right to be wary of United States President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, which temporarily bans travel and immigration by people from seven Muslim-majority countries. Indonesia is not one of the seven countries affected and it is wholly possible that President Trump will never issue a travel or immigration ban that directly affects Indonesian citizens.

Even if Indonesians remain free to travel to the US, the damage to US-Indonesia relations is substantial, with ripple effects from top diplomatic levels to the grassroots. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi has expressed Indonesia’s “deep regret” at the executive order, pointing out that the policy, which discriminates on the basis of religion, hampers efforts for international cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

At the individual level among Indonesian people, the...