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RI, UK discuss closer Indo-Pacifi c cooperation

  • Dian Septiari

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Fri, April 9 2021   /  01:00 am
Vaccine talks: British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (left) greets Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi at Lancaster House, London on Oct. 14. Retno visited London for talks on international cooperation to find a vaccine for COVID-19. (Courtesy of/British Embassy, Jakarta)

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has expressed the United Kingdom’s “commitment” to the Indo-Pacific during his visit to Indonesia on Wednesday, when the two countries pledged stronger partnership in certain areas, including health. The UK’s top diplomat was in Jakarta on April 7 to attend the third partnership meeting with Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, who said it was important for Indonesia and the UK to work more closely in the health sector as the world strived to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Retno proposed that the two sides work together on research and development in the health and pharmaceutical industries, as well as collaborate on vaccine production. As a sources of the country’s COVID-19 vaccine supply, the UK was “expected to show leadership” in vaccine multilateralism and be ready to share its vaccines with ot...