Indonesia has gained full support from ASEAN member states for its candidacy as a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) non-permanent member, a top diplomat says.
Foreign Minister Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi made the statement after she met with ASEAN permanent representatives to the UN in New York, the US, on Wednesday local time. Their meeting took place on the sidelines of the minister's official attendance in a high-level open debate session of the UNSC.
In the meeting, Retno said, she briefed the permanent representatives of ASEAN about several points she would deliver during the open debate on peacekeeping missions, held later that day.
"The ASEAN permanent representatives appreciated Indonesia’s active roles in the UN. They fully supported Indonesia's candidacy for the UNSC non-permanent member," Retno tweeted on her official account @Menlu_RI on Thursday Jakarta time.
The minister also shared activities she had conducted during her visit in Washington, D.C., on Monday, as well as the recent ASEAN-Australia Summit in Sydney, Australia.
On Monday, Retno met with US Defense Secretary James Mattis and Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan in Washington, D.C.
Regarding Monday's meeting, Retno also said on her Twitter that as strategic partners, she and Mattis had discussed efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region.
With Sullivan, the minister said, she talked about "a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues of common concern”. (ebf)