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Former deputy minister Dino Patti Djalal hospitalized, reason still unknown

  • Tri Indah Oktavianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 16, 2020   /   03:13 pm
Former deputy minister Dino Patti Djalal hospitalized, reason still unknown Foreign Policy Community Indonesia (FPCI) cofounder Dino Patti Djalal delivers his keynote speech on Sept. 16 to open the Conference on Indonesian Foreign Policy 2016 in South Jakarta. (JP/Donny Fernando)

Dino Patti Djalal, a former deputy foreign minister and a cofounder of the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) think tank has been admitted to the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) in Central Jakarta. 

FPCI executive secretary Mohammad Irfan confirmed on Tuesday that Dino had been hospitalized at the renowned army hospital, but could not provide detailed information on the reason for his admittance.

“It remains unknown whether [Dino] has contracted COVID-19 or not, because we are still awaiting the results of his PCR [polymerase chain reaction] test,” Irfan said in a statement made available to The Jakarta Post.

“Hopefully, the result of the PCR test will be negative [for COVID-19] and Pak Dino will be able to rest well in the meantime,” he said.

Irfan added that he could not confirm earlier reports that said Dino was hospitalized after experiencing breathing difficulties.

“Only his family was allowed to accompany him to the hospital,” he said on Sept. 15 as quoted by tempo.co.

Dino cofounded the FPCI in 2014 along with political scientist Dewi Fortuna Anwar and former Indonesian ambassador to Poland Peter Gontha.

He served as presidential spokesperson from 2004 until 2010 in the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono administration, and served as the Indonesian ambassador to the United States from 2010 to 2013. Dino then served as deputy foreign minister from July 2014 to October 2014, during the final months of Susilo's second presidential term.