“This year, we will commemorate ASEAN’s 50th anniversary by pursuing theimplementation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the concrete contributionof ASEAN in the region; encouraging a more constructive role for the EAS as anASEAN-led mechanism in safeguarding the security and stability of the region;reinforcing ASEAN unity and centrality.”
Indonesia will ensure that peace and stability in the region must be maintained.Once again, negotiation between ASEAN and China on the Code of Conduct in theEast Sea will be very important, she said.
According to the minister, stability and security in the region, especially inthe East Sea, will be created if all nations respect international law,including the 1982 UN Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Minister Marsudi stressed the settlement of Indonesia’s boundaries with neighbouringcountries while mentioning the external economic issue such as intensifying development,trade and investment cooperation with potential markets in Africa and LatinAmerica.
Besides, the diplomacy will focus on other issues like citizen protection,counter-terrorism, global commitments in various fields, the hosting of the IndianOcean Rim Association (IORA) Summit in March, and optimising the support forIndonesia’s candidature as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Councilfor the 2019-2020 tenure.-VNA