US Foreign Minister Visits Jokowi in Bogor Palace

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  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Indonesian President Joko Widodo wearing protective masks walk during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Bogor,October 29, 2020.  U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said Washington would find new ways to cooperate with Indonesia in the South China Sea and respected Jakarta's efforts to safeguard its own waters while rejecting China's

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Indonesian President Joko Widodo wearing protective masks walk during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Bogor,October 29, 2020. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said Washington would find new ways to cooperate with Indonesia in the South China Sea and respected Jakarta's efforts to safeguard its own waters while rejecting China's "unlawful" claims in the area. Courtesy of Muchlis Jr/Indonesian Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo received a visit from the United States Secretary of State Mike R. Pompeo on Thursday, 29 October. Mr. Pompeo visited Jokowi at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java.

    Pompeo was received by Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi, who invited him in to meet the president. Both ministers wore face masks. Jokowi and Mr. Pompeo then had a meeting inside the palace.

    "Your visit in the midst of this pandemic shows the importance of strategic partnerships between Indonesia and America. And during this pandemic, our officials' visits have been quite intensive," Jokowi said when opening the meeting.

    Like most palace guests, Mr. Pompeo was also invited to the palace veranda to see the Palace courtyard.

    Before meeting Jokowi, Mr. Pompeo made an official visit to Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi. The two have also given official press statements regarding the visit.

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