Indonesian Foreign Minister Meets Alumni to Discuss Foreign Policy
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi encouraged alumni to be diplomats in their own fields, during a talk show entitled “Direction of Indonesian Foreign Policy” at the Foreign Ministry Office in Jakarta last Thursday, March 22, 2018.The minister also said that Indonesia’s diplomacy, with its “free and active” foreign policy, is focusing on peace and humanity. The country’s national interests through foreign diplomacy are to protect Indonesian citizens abroad and adapt to the global economy.As a start, the event was expected to be a communication platform between the Indonesian Foreign Ministry and the alumni, to initiate more dialogue that can lead to more understanding of Indonesian national interest. The Foreign Ministry understood that to achieve this, they have to have the attitude to serve and to contribute to Indonesia and the world.In Southeast Asia, the habit of dialogue has become the asset for ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) in maintaining the stability of the region. This is important for a region with high diversity, and ASEAN has been able to establish a positive ecosystem for the last 50 years through tolerance and dialogue.Organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the talk show was attended by 130 alumni who graduated from 12 countries, including the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, United Kingdom, United States, and Japan. Holland alumni was represented by nine StuNed scholarship awardees from seven Dutch universities. The event was aimed to sustain a good relationship with alumni, which has been established since their study period abroad. Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi herself is a Holland alumni and served as the Ambassador for Indonesia in the Netherlands from 2012 to 2014.The event was also covered by metrotvnews.com, a website version of Metro TV, a leading TV news channel in Indonesia. Read the article (in Bahasa Indonesia) here.