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Jakarta Post

Jokowi skips UN General Assembly for third time

  • Tama Salim and Fedina S. Sundaryani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 20 2017   /  01:31 am

A high-level Indonesian delegation is very hard at work at the United Nations headquarters in New York City this week, tackling a mountain of meetings on a large array of global concerns.

However, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will be absent from the meetings of the global superbody that will discuss diverse issues from the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar to climate change.

The 72nd UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) high-level week kicked off to a busy start on Monday, with Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi spearheading all of Indonesia’s diplomatic forays.

This year marks the third consecutive year that Jokowi has skipped the UNGA, sending Kalla in his stead to represent Indonesia at the global forum. Several state officials have been approached for the President’s reason, but none were willing to comment.

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