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Commentary: 'Pak' Jokowi: This time you should go to New York!

  • Kornelius Purba

    Senior editor at The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, September 20 2019   /  12:30 am

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has decided to skip, again and again, a crucial annual global forum in New York. It is very hard this time to accept the President’s excuse and to let others, such as the outgoing Vice President Jusuf Kalla, act on his behalf once more.For two years until December 2020, Indonesia serves as a nonpermanent member, for the fourth time, of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). All the energy and time of our diplomats, led by Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi, expended to gain the prestigious position may mean almost nothing, when their boss remains reluctant to show appreciation for their efforts and speak up more at the global level. Indonesia is too important to ignore or belittle its international role and responsibilities.The President cited “much more urgent domestic issues” as his reason to skip the sitting of the UN General Assembly for t...