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FM Retno holds meeting with Mattis at the Pentagon

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    The Jakarta Post

Washington, United States   /   Tue, March 27, 2018   /   05:30 pm
FM Retno holds meeting with Mattis at the Pentagon US Secretary of Defense James Mattis (right) walks with Indonesia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi during an honor cordon at the Pentagon March 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Agence France -Presse/Brendan Smialowski)

Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi held a meeting with US Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon on Thursday to discuss what the US Department of Defense described as "areas of mutual interest to their nations."

“I believe our two nations have an opportunity -- perhaps even a once-in-a-generation opportunity -- for cooperation on shared economic, diplomatic and security concerns,” Mattis said at a ceremony welcoming Retno.

Mattis added that it is important for the two nations to work together and to share responsibility for regional security in a critical crossroads of global trade.

In a statement released by the US Defense Department, Mattis also appreciated Indonesia's support for reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan.

“We welcome your initiative to host a trilateral meeting of Afghan, Pakistani and Indonesian religious leaders," he said.

Mattis held a closed-door meeting with Retno LP Marsudi in January when the former held his one-week trip to Asia. He also met with President Joko 'Jokowi" Widodo and Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu.