VP Kalla Welcomes Help to Fight Fires

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  • Vice President of Indonesia Muhammad Jusuf Kalla addresses the Sustainable Development Summit 2015, at United Nations headquarters, Sept. 26, 2015. AP/Mary Altaffer

    Vice President of Indonesia Muhammad Jusuf Kalla addresses the Sustainable Development Summit 2015, at United Nations headquarters, Sept. 26, 2015. AP/Mary Altaffer

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta-Vice President Jusuf Kalla said that Indonesian Government is open to any nations, including Singapore, willing to help put out fire in Indonesia. "Please, we are open. Singapore can also help us," said Veep Kalla in New York on Sunday, September 27.

    Previously, Singapore has filed a protest towards Indonesia in relation to the bush fire that ignited raging haze affecting the nation. Kalla, in his defense, said that Indonesia has strived to put out the fire. However, he claimed that it cannot be done in short period of time.

    "The problem in Indonesia is that we have extreme heat and wind," he said. "We must do everything as the starts to impact other nations.”

    Moreover, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said that she has made contact with Singapore’s Foreign Minister, explaining every measures that Indonesia has taken. "Indonesia is taking this matter seriously," she said.

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