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Indonesia seeks IORA support in Indo-Pacific agenda

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Nusa Dua, Bali   /   Sun, December 9, 2018   /  12:07 pm
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Vice President Jusuf Kalla delivers his opening speech at the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Second Blue Economy Ministerial Conference (BEC II) in Jakarta on May 8.(Antara/Widodo S Jusuf)

Indonesia is working on involving the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and other regional organizations in the development of an “open, transparent and inclusive Indo-Pacific”, which will be discussed at an international forum hosted by Indonesia next year. However, challenges still remain on how best to engage with the organization, as the current discourse on the Indo-Pacific has put a strong emphasis on political-security matters. The Foreign Ministry’s director for Asia-Pacific and African intra-regional cooperation, Andre Omer Siregar, said that Indonesia, as part of the current troika of IORA leaders, wanted to continue to facilitate dialogue among the organization's member states. "But now as we also have an Indo-Pacific agenda, we are engaging IORA and ASEAN on how we can maintain stability and peaceful cooperation, not only in the Indian Oc...