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Jakarta Post

Guatemala reopens embassy in Jakarta, seeks stronger ties with Indonesia

  • Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 10, 2019   /  07:29 pm
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Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Erica Jovel Polanco (left) visited the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday, signing an MoU on bilateral consultations between Indonesia and Guatemala on the sidelines of her visit to Jakarta to inaugurate the reopening of her country's embassy.(Courtesy of/Foreign Ministry)

Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Erica Jovel Polanco is in Jakarta to inaugurate the reopening of its embassy, in a small win for Indonesia's push into the faraway Latin American and Caribbean region. Guatemala established its mission in Jakarta in 1992 but closed it a year later when it plunged into economic and political crisis. With the reopening of the embassy, Indonesia and Guatemala kick off a new page in their bilateral ties, with the aim of fostering trade and investment cooperation, as well as people-to-people exchanges. The new embassy is the 106th foreign mission in Indonesia and the 14th from Latin America and the Caribbean. With the considerable distance between Indonesia and Guatemala, the opening of the new embassy paves a way for Indonesia to realize its ambition to tap into nontraditional Latin American markets. “Guatemala is [among our] bigges...