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Sovereignty remains a top foreign policy priority in 2020: Minister

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, January 8, 2020   /  08:15 pm
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Halo: Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi delivers her annual policy speech in Jakarta on Wednesday.(Courtesy of/Foreign Ministry)

Sovereignty and national identity will still be one of Indonesia’s main foreign policy priorities this year, Foreign Minister LP Retno Marsudi said in her annual policy speech, as the nation doubles down on protecting its territorial integrity following recent skirmishes in the Natuna Sea and continued challenges from separatist groups in its easternmost provinces. Delivering her annual press statement on Wednesday, Retno reiterated the “4+1” formula of foreign policy priorities that she had prepared for this year, which includes diplomacy to uphold Indonesia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. To that end, she said the government would step up negotiations with neighboring countries on land and maritime borders, stand up to all separatist efforts and any foreign support for it and continue mainstreaming values such as pluralism, democracy, tolerance and ...