Jokowi Reminds Military to Maintain Neutrality

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Monday, November 26, appealed to all personnel of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) to maintain neutrality. Jokowi made the statement during the military internal ceremony in the Infantry Training Center (Pussenif), Military Education and Training Command (Kodiklat) in Bandung.

    According to Jokowi, the neutrality of TNI was paramount to maintain the stability of politics and security in a bid to support the current, mid-term, and long-term development. “Thus, TNI must keep its neutrality,” said the president as quoted from the official site of the Cabinet Secretary. 

    Jokowi assessed that the world rapidly changes, thus it was fundamental to respond to it and make plans from the changes. 

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    He remarked TNI could study strategies on future security defense, such as relocating its headquarters to other regions. “This requires study and research that we can later make our way,” he noted. 

    Jokowi further demanded TNI formulate a grand strategy regarding its budget as preparations to take on changes in the political and global economic sectors. 

    During his visit to the military ceremony, Jokowi was accompanied by Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, State Secretary Minister Pratikno, and Presidential Special Staff Ari Dwipayana.