Nauru, September 3, 2018 — As the largest archipelago in the world located between two oceans, Indonesia continues to maintain good cooperation with Pacific countries to support safe, open, advanced and prosperous Pacific. This was conveyed by the General Director of Asia Pacific and Africa, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Desra Percaya, who led the Indonesian delegation at the 49th meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Summit in Nauru, 3-6 September 2018.
During the opening of the meeting on Monday (September 3, 2018), Ambassador Desra Percaya emphasized that Indonesia is an integral part of the Pacific.
“Keep in mind, that Indonesia is not only a part of Asia. We share the same ocean with them, the Pacific Ocean. The Indonesian government’s priority program related to the acceleration of Eastern Indonesia development will also have a positive impact on South Pacific development, “said Desra.
The 49th PIF Summit themed “Building a Strong Pacific: Our People, Our Islands, Our Will”, discussed issues of mutual concern in the Pacific, including regional security, climate change, and maritime security. The meeting also marked the handover of PIF’s chairmanship from Samoa (2017-2018) to Nauru (2018-2019).
In the opening speech of the PIF summit, President of Nauru Baron Divavesi Waqa said, “PIF is a place for Pacific countries to resolve various common challenges faced in this region.”
Since 2001, Indonesia has regularly attended PIF annual meetings along with other Dialogue Partners, including the US, China, South Korea, Japan and the European Union. Indonesia is always present and contributes actively by exchanging views, sharing experiences, and offering technical assistance in the form of training and capacity building to Pacific countries.
PIF is a cooperation forum between countries in the Pacific region that covers 18 countries/regions, namely Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Federated Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga, and Vanuatu.
The forum founded in 1971 aims to strengthen the cooperation and integration of Pacific countries’ policies to achieve economic growth, sustainable development, good governance, and regional security.
Nauru is one of the Pacific countries that has good relations with Indonesia. Previously Indonesia was specially invited by the President of Nauru in the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Nauru’s Independence Day on January 31, 2018, which was attended by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto as the Republic of Indonesia’s Vice President. The current RI-Nauru relationship has experienced significant development with the appointment of Nicholas Simeone Messet as Nauru’s Honorary Consul for Indonesia.
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