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Jakarta Post

Middle powers must step up global role

  • Tri Indah Oktavianti


Jakarta   /   Fri, August 7 2020   /  01:00 am
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC), meets about the ongoing Ukrainian-Russian conflict on August 28, 2014 in New York City. Russia continues to move troops and men into Ukraine to arm Ukrainian separatists. (Agence France -Presse/Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP)

As more countries shut their borders to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and while major powers step up their rivalries, especially over access to potential vaccines and other critical medical supplies, Indonesia has renewed a call for countries around the world, especially those regarded as middle powers, to bolster existing platforms for multilateralism. Speaking to The Jakarta Post during the opening session of the webinar series titled “Multilateralism during a pandemic: Indonesia’s Perspective” on Thursday, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said countries around the world needed to make concerted efforts to promote multilateralism, which is now under threat from what she called transactional politics in international relations and growing self-reliance in dealing with the coronavirus. “Indonesia continues to believe in the virtue of multilateralism. We wi...