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Indonesia doubles down on ASEAN travel corridor despite being slapped with bans

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, September 10, 2020   /  08:21 am
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A lone 'tuk-tuk' driver waits for customers at Khao San Road, empty of tourists due to the restrictions on entry by foreigners into Thailand due to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok on June 16.(AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha)

Indonesia continued to push for the establishment of an ASEAN travel corridor at the region’s premier foreign policy meeting, despite having been slapped with travel bans by other countries fearing the possibility of imported cases from the archipelago. At the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Wednesday, the first time the annual meeting was held completely by video-conference, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi reiterated the need for a travel corridor arrangement, saying it would not only help in the global economic recovery but also signal ASEAN unity in responding to the pandemic. “I spoke about how Indonesia has prepared an initial draft, which is currently being [studied] and I would like to express my appreciation for the support that has come from ASEAN member countries,” she told reporters after the meeting. Retno acknowledged that it was not the right time to ...