Minister Blok to visit Indonesia
On Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 July 2018 foreign minister Stef Blok will visit Indonesia. In Jakarta he will speak with the Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi about a wide range of topics.
The visit will focus in part on the cooperation between the Netherlands and Indonesia on counterterrorism, cybersecurity and human rights. Mr Blok and Ms Marsudi will discuss political issues being debated in the UN Security Council; the Netherlands currently serves on the Council and Indonesia will hold a seat from 2019.
‘Our shared history has forged strong ties,’ said Mr Blok. ‘We work together on almost all areas of foreign policy.’ As well as visiting Jakarta, the minister will travel to Surabaya, where he will visit a church that was recently targeted in a terroristic attack. ‘The Netherlands and Indonesia stand side-to-side as partners in the fight against terrorism,’ the minister said. ‘Together we want to tackle the root causes of radicalisation.’
Today Mr Blok welcomed a group of Dutch nationals with Indonesian backgrounds to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to share their experiences of their ties with the country and to discuss scope for cooperation. ‘We not only have a shared history, but our cultures are also closely interwoven, including in my own family,’ he said. ‘Like many others in the Netherlands, the Dutch people I have spoken to today feel a strong connection to Indonesia.’