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Amid pushback, Prabowo begins US working visit

  • Dian Septiari

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 17 2020   /  01:00 am
Prabowo Subianto gestures as he arrives to attend the inauguration of Indonesia's President Joko Widodo for the second term, at the House of Representatives building in Jakarta, Oct.20, 2019(Reuters/Willy Kurniawan)

Despite concerns over alleged his role in past human rights violations, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto began his official visit to the United States this week to discuss various forms of cooperation.   The former Army general arrived in the US on Thursday and is scheduled to meet with his US counterpart Mark Esper and other officials at the Pentagon on Friday (local time).   His visit ends on Monday, which would still allow him time to meet with think tank figures and other interested parties.   Prior to his arrival, 12 civil society organizations raised concerns over the issuance of a visa for Prabowo, claiming that the move may have contravened the law. The groups voiced their objections in a joint letter to US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo. They urged the US government to revoke its invitation if it included immunity for the crimes allegedly ...