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Jakarta Post

US-Indonesian deals during Pence’s visit related to energy

  • Fedina S. Sundaryani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 20, 2017   /   06:45 pm
US-Indonesian deals during Pence’s visit related to energy President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (right) and US Vice President Mike Pence shake hands before delivering a joint press conference at the State Palace in Jakarta on Thursday. Pence arrived in Indonesia on Wednesday and is scheduled to leave the country on Friday. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said on Thursday that all deals signed between Indonesia and the United States during US Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Jakarta were related to the energy sector.

She said the total of the deals reached US$8 billion.

"This time all business deals are related to the energy sector. This ranged from waste-to-energy development to geothermal development," she said at the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday.

Retno could not confirm whether the high profile issue surrounding gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia was discussed during the visit of the US vice president, who is scheduled to leave Indonesia on Friday.

"Freeport [issue] is done," she said, referring to the negotiation between the government and Freeport Indonesia over the conversion of the Work of Contract (WoC), established in 1991, to the Special Mining License (IUPK), as part of the adjustment to the new law on mining.

On Thursday, Pence met with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo before attending a bilateral talk with Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

Kalla was accompanied by several ministers including, Retno, Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution, Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan and Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan. (bbn)