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Arriving in Labuan Bajo, President Jokowi: Indonesia is Ready to Hold the ASEAN Summit

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West Manggarai — On Sunday (7/5) the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo arrived at Komodo Labuan Bajo Airport, West Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).

It is known that the visit of the Indonesian Head of State was in order to attend the 2023 ASEAN Summit which will be held there on 9-11 May 2023.

“Only 2 more days, it’s ready, everything is ready, everything is ready. Yesterday, the last Eid was over, we checked, which means it’s just implementation,” said President Jokowi, Sunday (7/5)

Not only that, President Jokowi is committed to making ASEAN not to become a proxy for any country.

“Indonesia’s principle in ASEAN chairmanship is collaboration and cooperation with anyone and we don’t want ASEAN to become anyone’s proxy, proxy for any country,” said President Jokowi.

Then, the head of state also hopes that ASEAN will continue to collaborate and be open with any country. In addition, conflict resolution must also be based on the existence of a dialogue principle.

“Because what we want ASEAN is open, cooperation with anyone with any country so that solving every problem in ASEAN is the principle of dialogue.” he said.

The President added that the Myanmar issue was also one of the topics to be discussed at the Labuan Bajo ASEAN Summit. According to him, the five points of consensus will be the basis for discussing the Myanmar issue.

Meanwhile at the Media Center of the 42nd ASEAN Summit in the Bintang Flores Hotel Area, Foreign Minister Retno emphasized that it was confirmed that there were eight ASEAN member country leaders who would be present in Labuan Bajo.

Not only the leaders of the eight ASEAN member countries, but also the Summit event this time will also be attended by the Secretary General of ASEAN and the Prime Minister of Timor Leste.

“So what has been confirmed is that eight ASEAN leaders will attend, one secretary general of ASEAN and one Prime Minister of Timor Leste because in principle Timor Leste is already an ASEAN member country,” said Retno.

He then stated that the Prime Minister (PM) of Thailand, Prayuth Chan-o-cha, was certain not to attend in person and sent a Deputy Prime Minister as a representative from his country.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of the Ministry of State Secretariat (Kemensesneg), Setya Utama ensured that all of Indonesia’s readiness to hold the 2023 ASEAN Summit from various matters, ranging from activities, security to health, had matured.

In fact, since Saturday (6/5) delegates have started to arrive in Labuan Bajo. Then Setya informed that the arrival of the country’s leaders themselves would begin on Tuesday (9/5).

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