MCC Board of Directors Selects New Bilateral Compacts, Threshold Programs, Eligible Countries for Concurrent Compacts

For Immediate Release December 12, 2018 Contact: 202-521-3880 Email: press@mcc.gov WASHINGTON, D.C., December 12, 2018 – At its quarterly meeting, the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors met to select countries eligible for MCC assistance, which is designed to spur economic growth and reduce poverty. The Board selected Indonesia, Malawi and Kosovo for ...
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Remarks by Secretary Pompeo on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Violence against women is a global issue that affects millions of people annually. Every woman and girl deserves a life free from violence. The United States is committed to advancing gender equality and preventing and responding to all forms of violence against women and girls, from domestic and sexual violence to forced marriage and so-called honor ...
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Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific Region

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 18, 2018 One year ago in Vietnam, President Donald J. Trump laid out America’s vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, in which all nations are sovereign, strong, and prosperous. This week, Vice President Michael R. Pence reaffirmed the ironclad and enduring U.S. commitment to the ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with President Joko Widodo of Indonesia

The Vice President met today with President Joko Widodo of Indonesia to reaffirm the United States-Indonesia Strategic Partnership. The Vice President conveyed condolences for the victims and families of those affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia; the United States contributed almost $12 million in disaster assistance for relief efforts. The Vice ...
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Indonesia Civil Society Forum 2018 Builds Skills and Sustainability

JAKARTA – Today, the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) along with our international partners opened the Indonesia Civil Society Forum 2018 (ICSF 2018). As a learning platform designed to strengthen Civil Society Organizations’ (CSOs) skills and sustainability, ICSF 2018 will reinforce Indonesian civil society’s ability to help Indonesia ...
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International Education Week Kicks Off With Record Number of Students Studying Abroad

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 13, 2018 From November 12-16, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education are celebrating International Education Week (IEW) by encouraging Americans to seek opportunities to study abroad and welcoming international students to study in the United States. International education makes the United ...
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Ambassador Donovan Promotes U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership in Natuna

NATUNA – United States Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan Jr., accompanied by U.S. Consul for Sumatra Juha P. Salin, emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership for expanding ties between Riau Islands Province and the United States during a trip to the Natuna Islands November 7 to 9.  During the visit the Ambassador ...
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U.S. Government Participates in Fifth Annual Global Health Security Agenda Ministerial Meeting

On November 4-6, 2018, Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan will attend the Fifth Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Ministerial Meeting in Indonesia, which will officially launch the next five-year phase of GHSA, known as GHSA 2024. Delivering on President Trump’s commitment to global health security, he will lead the multi-sectoral U.S. delegation, ...
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Confronting Iran: The Trump Administration’s Strategy

The end of the Cold War forced new thinking among policymakers and analysts about the greatest challenges to U.S. national security. The emergence of al Qaeda,   cybercriminals, and other dangerous entities affirmed the threat of nonstate actors. But equally daunting has been the resurgence of outlaw regimes—rogue states that defy international norms, fail to respect ...
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U.S. Commitments Announced at Our Ocean 2018

During the Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia, the United States proudly announced 15 commitments. Together these commitments will strengthen sustainable management of marine resources; prevent plastic and other debris from entering the ocean; support research and observation of ocean ecosystems; and foster partnerships promoting maritime security and a sustainable blue economy. The United States ...
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United States and Indonesia Launch “State of the Sea,” a Tribute to Indonesia’s Oceans and Marine Biodiversity

Bali, October 29, 2018. Today, at the fifth Our Ocean Conference, the U.S Government and the Government of Indonesia launched the “State of the Sea” publication. Presented by the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries in three volumes, State of the Sea is a reader-friendly publication that provides an overview of Indonesia’s marine and coastal ...
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Media Note: U.S. Delegation to Our Ocean 2018

The Government of the Republic of Indonesia will host Our Ocean 2018: Our Ocean, Our Legacy in Bali, October 29–30, 2018. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber will lead the U.S. government delegation. The U.S. delegation will also include senior officials from the U.S. Agency ...
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Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2019 – Large Grants Competition Funding Opportunity

Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2019. Large Grants Competition Funding Opportunity. Request for Proposals. (Deadline: November 30, 2018) 1. The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta is now accepting project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2019 Large Grant Competition.  Proposals must include all items as noted in paragraph # 9.  Incomplete proposals ...
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Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2019 – Small Grants Competition Funding Opportunity

Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2019. Small Grants Competition Funding Opportunity. Request for Proposals. (Deadline: November 30, 2018) 1. The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta is now accepting project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2019 Small Grant Competition.  Proposals must include all items as noted in paragraph # 9.  Incomplete proposals ...
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U.S. Announces Additional 3 Million USD for Central Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami Response

JAKARTA – On October 18, the United States Government announced that it will implement 3 million USD in new funding through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) in support of relief efforts for the Central Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami response. This additional funding raises the total United ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Jakarta – Guidance for Travel to Disaster Affected Regions

Subject: Message to U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Jakarta – Guidance for travel to disaster affected regions, October 18, 2018 Location:  Indonesia Event:  U.S citizens traveling in Indonesia are advised to exercise increased caution in areas that have recently experienced natural disasters.  Natural disasters, such as the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi on September 28, ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Indonesia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi on October 10 to convey his condolences and continued support to those in Indonesia affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Central Sulawesi on September 28. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Marsudi discussed ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: Changes to the Main U.S. Embassy and American Citizen Services Phone Numbers

Changes below to the main U.S. Embassy and American Citizen Services phone numbers.  Our street address and the public entrance for consular services remains the same.  Embassy of the United States of America Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan, No. 5 Jakarta 10110, Indonesia  The Jakarta Embassy’s phone number for American Citizens Services has changed!  Our new number ...
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Diversity Visa (DV) Program 2020

Diversity Visa (DV) 2020 will be open for entries beginning noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on October 3, 2018, and will close for entries at noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) on November 6, 2018. As in prior years, the Department of State will conduct the DV-2020 program entirely electronically and no paper entries accepted. We ...
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Statement by USAID Spokesperson McCleskey on Additional Humanitarian Assistance for People Affected by the Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia

Today, the United States announced an additional $3.6 million in humanitarian assistance to help people affected by the 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck Central Sulawesi in the Republic of Indonesia on September 28, 2018. This funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for this response to $3.7 million.   As part of the ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Joko Widodo of the Republic of Indonesia

Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with President Joko Widodo of the Republic of Indonesia.  The President shared his condolences for the earthquake and tsunami that struck Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on September 28, 2018.  He offered his support to the victims and their families and acknowledged the Indonesian Government’s leadership in response to the crisis.  ...
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Republic of Indonesia and the United States of America Sign a Letter of Intent on Promoting Strong Cyber Space Cooperation

Jakarta — On September 28, 2018 in Jakarta, Director General for America and Europe of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Muhammad Anshor, representing the Government of Indonesia, and Ambassador of the United States of America to Indonesia, H.E. Joseph R. Donovan Jr., representing the Government of the United States, signed a Letter of Intent ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Jakarta Consular Section Closed for Services October 5 to 9, 2018

From October 5 to 9, Embassy Jakarta’s Consular Section will be closed for routine U.S. citizen services.  For emergencies, U.S. citizens should call the embassy at +62-21-3435-9000, then press “0” to speak to an operator. Further Assistance: U.S. Embassy Jakarta +62-21-3435-9055/9054; after-hours: +62-21-3435-9000 then press 0 JakartaACS@state.gov ; https://id.usembassy.gov/ U.S. Consulate General Surabaya +62-31-297-5300; after-hours: +62-81-133-4183 SurabayaACS@state.gov ; ...
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Statement of Ambassador Donovan Regarding the Earthquake in Sulawesi

All of the U.S. Embassy staff across Indonesia express our condolences to the families and communities affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi.  I have reached out to Foreign Minister Marsudi to convey our condolences and to offer our assistance.  Indonesia is an important partner, and we stand ready to work together to ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in U.S. Elections

The U.S. General Election will be held on November 6, 2018.  Make your vote count! The Federal Voting Assistance Program provides absentee voting resources at www.FVAP.gov . Complete your ballot carefully, legibly, and as early as possible.  Make sure to return it to local election officials in time to meet your state’s deadline. Overseas voters have ...
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Ambassador Donovan Tours PT Freeport Indonesia’s Mining Operations, Supports President Jokowi’s “Win-Win” Vision

Jakarta — Ambassador Joseph R. Donovan, Jr. observed PT Freeport Indonesia’s (PTFI) mining operations and contributions to Papuan development during a September 21-24 visit to Timika and Tembagapura in Mimika District, Papua.  In addition to touring Freeport’s operations, Ambassador Donovan met with local community leaders, law enforcement officials, alumni of a PT Freeport Indonesia-funded scholarship ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Republic of Indonesia Vice President Jusuf Kalla

The Vice President met today with the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Jusuf Kalla. The Vice President reaffirmed the United States’ Strategic Partnership with Indonesia and the 70 years of bilateral relations that the two nations will celebrate in 2019. He congratulated the Vice President on Indonesia’s election to the UN Security ...
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Ambassador Haley Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance to Those Affected by the Crisis in Burma’s Rakhine State

Today, during a ministerial-level meeting on Burma, Ambassador Nikki Haley announced more than $185 million in additional humanitarian assistance for those in Burma and Bangladesh who have been affected by the Rakhine State crisis. ‎The new funding, which includes $156 million for Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh, will support the implementation of critical ...
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2017 Country Reports on Terrorism

Overview: Indonesia applied sustained pressure to detect, disrupt, and degrade terrorist groups operating within its borders and deny them safe haven. ISIS-affiliated Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) and its offshoots continued to target police and other symbols of state authority. The capability of terrorist groups to launch coordinated mass casualty attacks was assessed as low, but the ...
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First U.S. Ambassadorial Visit to North Kalimantan Showcases Breadth of U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership

JAKARTA – United States Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan Jr. extended the U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership to Indonesia’s youngest province September 13-15, during the first-ever visit to North Kalimantan by a U.S. ambassador. The Ambassador met with Deputy Governor Udin Hianggio, Deputy Police Chief Zainal Paliwang, Deputy Mayor Khaeruddin Arief Hidayat, representatives of the Tarakan ...
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Ambassador Donovan Inaugurates Fourth Annual EducationUSA Graduate Fair

Jakarta – U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan Jr. and Professor Dr. Paulina Pannen, an expert in higher education at the Directorate General of Higher Education, Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education inaugurated the fourth annual EducationUSA graduate fair in Jakarta on September 16. The Ambassador emphasized the importance of education to the U.S.-Indonesia ...
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Ambassador Donovan Promotes Strength of U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership in Toba Area

BALIGE – United States Ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph R. Donovan Jr., and U.S. Consul in Medan, Juha Salin, emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership for expanding people-to-people ties between Toba districts and the United States during a trip to the Lake Toba area on September 7 to 9.  Ambassador Donovan spoke at the Del ...
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Security Alert – Security Threat at Airlangga University in Surabaya, Indonesia

Location:  Surabaya, Indonesia Event:  There are media reports indicating the potential for terrorist attacks in Surabaya and other areas of Indonesia, including the potential targeting of Western interests at Airlangga University on August 23, 2018.  Out of an abundance of caution the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya is closing its American Corner at Airlangga University on ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Eid al-Adha Greeting

SECRETARY POMPEO:  Hi everyone, I’m Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.  Today, I would like to wish all Muslims a blessed Eid Al Adha to mark the end of the Hajj pilgrimage. This is a time of reflection and prayer, when Muslims around the world come together with friends and family in the spirit of peace ...
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Indonesia and United States Celebrate 100th Joint Orangutan Release

Central Kalimantan — The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) released the 100th Bornean Orangutan rehabilitated in Central Kalimantan with support from the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The release represents joint progress towards better protecting this iconic, critically endangered species and marked over 100 orangutans released in partnership ...
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Natural Disaster Alert – U.S. Embassy Jakarta

Location:  Lombok and Gili Islands, Indonesia Event:  Following the magnitude 6.9 earthquake on August 5, 2018, the areas around Lombok and the Gili Islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air) continue to experience aftershocks and tremors. Actions to Take: Reconsider your travel plans to the Gili Islands and review your travel plans to Lombok.  ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Mike Pompeo met with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Jakarta on August 4, reaffirming close bilateral relations and a strong U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership as we look ahead to celebrating 70 years of diplomatic ties in 2019. The Secretary thanked the Foreign Minister for Indonesia’s leadership ...
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Interview With Kania Sutisnawinata of Metro TV

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Jakarta, Indonesia August 5, 2018 QUESTION: Secretary Pompeo, thank you again for this opportunity. SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s great to be with you. QUESTION: It’s such a pleasure to have you here in Jakarta, Indonesia. SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s wonderful to be here. QUESTION: I understand this is your first visit. SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s my first trip ...
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U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Visits Jakarta, Indonesia

[Flickr] U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Visits Jakarta, Indonesia Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Jakarta FACT SHEET: Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific Interview With Kania Sutisnawinata of Metro TV Remarks With Indonesian President Joko Widodo Before Their Meeting Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi
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U.S. and Indonesia Celebrate Indonesia’s Future Leaders in Send Off Ceremony for USAID PRESTASI Scholars

JAKARTA – On Tuesday, Acting Mission Director for U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), David Hoffman and the Director General of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia (RISTEKDIKTI), Prof. dr. Ali Ghufron Mukti, M.Sc., Ph.D, hosted a reception to send off 24 Indonesian professionals ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Jakarta

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Singapore, Singapore; and Jakarta, Indonesia August 1-5. In Kuala Lumpur, August 2-3, the Secretary will meet senior Malaysian officials to discuss strengthening the Comprehensive Partnership and advancing common security and economic interests based on our strongly shared democratic values, following the recent historic ...
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FACT SHEET: Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo today addressed the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Washington, DC, to launch the economic and commercial pillars of the Trump Administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy. Before top U.S. business leaders and foreign dignitaries at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Secretary Pompeo detailed how U.S. business engagement in the Indo-Pacific is essential to the U.S. ...
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U.S. and Indonesia Encourage University Research Partnerships and Private Sector Collaboration at Annual Conference

Bogor – Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education (KEMRISTEKDIKTI) Director of Research and Community Services Prof. Dr. Ocky Karna Radjasa, M.Sc., and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Mission Director David Hoffman opened the first Collaboration for Innovation conference at Institut Pertanian Bogor International Convention Center yesterday. This is the first annual ...
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Celebration of the 242nd Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Donovan at the Celebration of the 242nd Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, Jakarta Yang terhormat Menteri Koordinator Luhut Pandjaitan ,Deputi Sekretaris Jenderal Tuan, Duta Besar Campbell, para hadirin sekalian, selamat datang di perayaan kemerdekaan Amerika Serikat ke –dua ratus empat puluh dua. The theme for our celebration ...
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Natural Disaster Alert – U.S. Consulate General Surabaya, Indonesia

Location: Bali, Indonesia. Event: Mt. Agung, an active volcano in East Bali, is currently emitting ash.  As of June 29, the ash cloud has closed the Bali airport until 07:00 p.m. local time.  The airport on the neighboring island of Lombok is currently open, and the port in Gilimanuk in West Bali serving ferries to ...
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Trafficking in Persons Report 2018

“This year’s report focuses on effective ways local communities can address human trafficking proactively and on how national governments can support and empower them. Local communities are the most affected by this abhorrent crime and are also the first line of defense against human trafficking. By engaging and training law enforcement, religious leaders, teachers, tribal ...
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Two Talented Indonesian Scientists Selected for 2018/2019 ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship

INDONESIA– The United States Embassy congratulates Dr. Ahmad Agus Setiawan and Dr. Muhammad Makky on their selection as fellows for the ASEAN Science and Technology (S&T) Fellowship 2018/2019, sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), ASEAN and the ASEAN Foundation. Dr. Setiawan and Dr. Makky were selected for their track record of achievements ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo – United States Commemorates World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, we join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and our international partners in commemorating the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to persecution and conflict. As global displacement has reached record levels, it is vital that new actors ...
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Demonstration Alert – Demonstrations on Friday, June 8, 2018

Event: Indonesian police informed the Embassy that there will be a demonstration today, starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Horse Statue, Presidential Palace, and across from the main Embassy compound. Hundreds of additional police will position themselves around National Monument Square (MONAS) and increased traffic congestion and delays are likely. Actions to take: Keep a ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Surabaya, Indonesia

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Surabaya, Indonesia (June 7, 2018)  Location:  The announced gathering point is the U.S. Consulate General Surabaya; Jalan Citra Raya, No. 2 Event:  Members from the group KUMAIL (Komite Umat Islam Anti-Amerika-Israel) have scheduled demonstrations on Friday, June 8, 2018, from approximately 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Actions to Take: ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi

Secretary Pompeo welcomed Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to the Department of State in Washington, DC today. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Marsudi reaffirmed the U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership, agreeing that the United States and Indonesia should continue to work together, as two major democracies, promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Surabaya, Indonesia

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following locations in Surabaya: U.S. Consulate General Surabaya; Jalan Citra Raya, No. 2 Disnakertransduk Jatim (East Java Office of Labor and Transmigration); Jalan Dukuk Menanggal, No. 124-126 East Java Governor’s Office; Jalan Pahlawan, No. 110 Event: Members of various labor organizations have scheduled demonstrations ...
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FACT SHEET: Five Things to Know About this Year’s International Religious Freedom Report Release

2018 Marks the 20th anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act In 1998, Congress overwhelmingly passed the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Act –groundbreaking and bipartisan legislation that affirmed the importance of promoting international religious freedom as a key aspect of America’s foreign policy.  President Clinton signed it into law on October 27, 1998.  This law ...
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2017 International Religious Freedom Report

The constitution guarantees freedom of religion and the right to worship according to one’s own beliefs but states citizens must accept restrictions established by law to protect the rights of others and to satisfy “just demands based upon considerations of morality, religious values, security, and public order in a democratic society.” Please click here for complete report.
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Ambassador Donovan Shares Ramadan Wishes on Indonesian Television’s Highest Rated Comedy Talk Show

On May 21, Ambassador Donovan appeared as a guest star on Ini Talkshow, the highest rated comedy talk show on Indonesian television, with an estimated viewership of more than eight million people. During the live broadcast at 2:00 am or sahur, the time when Indonesian Muslims partake of the pre-dawn meal in preparation for fasting, ...
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United States and Indonesia Meet Under Trade and Investment Framework Agreement

Jakarta, Indonesia – The United States and Indonesia held meetings on May 15, 2018 under their Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) to discuss ways to further strengthen trade relations and promote free, fair, and reciprocal trade between them. During the meetings, the United States and Indonesia agreed to work together to address outstanding issues ...
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Security Alert : U. S. Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia

Location: Indonesia, Countrywide Event: Crime and traffic accidents tend to increase during the month of Ramadan and the Idul Fitri holiday period. During this time, Police will increase their presence at popular gathering places such as tourist sites, transportation hubs, malls, etc. Recent attacks against churches and police remind us that terrorists may strike with ...
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Presidential Message on Ramadan

With the rising of tonight’s moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad through fellowship and prayer.  Many observe this holy time by fasting, performing ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the Occasion of Ramadan

On behalf of the United States Department of State, I offer best wishes to Muslims around the world for a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. For those observing this month, it is a time of reverence, generosity, and spiritual introspection.  Ramadan is also a cherished time of community, often spent reconnecting with family and friends.  It ...
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Security Alert: Ongoing Security Threat

Location: Indonesia, countrywide Event:  Indonesian police operations against terrorists are ongoing.  The U.S. government remains concerned that terrorists are intent on conducting attacks in Surabaya and other areas of Indonesia.  Terrorists may target police stations, places of worship, tourist locations, transportation hubs and other public venues. Actions to Take: Seek secure shelter. Review your personal ...
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Security Alert: Explosions in Surabaya, Indonesia

Security Alert: Explosions in Surabaya, Indonesia (May 13, 2018) Location:  Indonesian police are responding to at least three bomb explosions at the following churches in Surabaya: Gereja Santa Maria (GKSM) Tak Bercela di Ngagel, Gubeng; Gereja Kristin Indonesia (GKI), Jalan Raya Diponegoro; Gereja Pantekosta Pusat Surabaya (GPPS), Jalan Raya Arjuna.  There are reports of casualties.  ...
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U.S. Condemns Attacks on Surabaya Churches

The United States strongly condemns this morning’s attacks on three churches in Surabaya.  These attacks on peaceful worshipers are an affront to the tolerance and diversity embraced by Indonesians.  The United States stands with the people of Indonesia, and we offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims.
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“Ambassadors’ Dig” Builds Homes in Sentul, West Java

On May 12, 2018, Ambassador Donovan joined ambassadors from eleven countries to build homes for disadvantaged families in Sentul, West Java. An annual program organized by organized by Habitat for Humanity, the “Ambassadors’ Dig” brings together chiefs of diplomatic missions in Indonesia to build homes for underserved communities. Speaking at the event, Ambassador Donovan said, ...
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Ambassador Donovan Highlights “Partnerships Across the Oceans” on a Visit to Surabaya

United States Ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph R. Donovan Jr., traveled to East Java from 8-9 May, where he highlighted the strong ties between the United States and Eastern Indonesia. During his visit, he attended the opening of the new Peace Corps office, met with alumni of United States Government-sponsored exchange programs, toured the Cheng Hoo ...
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Demonstration Alert: Demonstrations on Friday, May 11, 2018

Event: Various organizations have scheduled demonstrations on Friday, May 11, 2018, starting at about 4:00 a.m. near the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta (Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan) and starting at 1:00 p.m. near the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya (Jalan Citra Raya Niaga). The upcoming relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel on May 14 may ...
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Ambassador Donovan’s Remarks on the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) Five Year Compact Close-Out

Selamat Pagi! Good morning. Thank you Governor Muhammad Zainul Majdi for hosting us here today and for NTB’s continued support for the Millennium Challenge Corporation and Millennium Challenge Account-Indonesia’s important work promoting economic prosperity for Indonesians. I would also like to thank the MCC delegation, who travelled from around the world to see firsthand the ...
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MCC Compact Celebrates US-Indonesia Partnerships to Promote Economic Growth, Better Health, Strengthened Government Services for Indonesians in NTB

Surabaya – A delegation from the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) joined United States Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan Jr. in Lombok to mark the closure of MCC’s compact with the Government of Indonesia. Ambassador Donovan and the MCC delegation, led by Vice President and Secretary of the MCC Board Jeanne Hauch and ...
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Meet Mike Pompeo, the New Secretary of State

Few Americans possess a resume as varied as that of Mike Pompeo: first in his class at West Point, an editor of the Harvard Law Review, entrepreneur, congressman and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Add a new line to that resume: America’s chief diplomat. Pompeo, 54, was sworn in 26 April 2018 as the ...
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2017 Human Rights Country Report

The 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (The Human Rights Reports) document the status of human rights and worker rights in nearly 200 countries and territories. These reports are required by U.S. law and are used by a variety of actors, including the U.S. Congress, the Executive branch, and the Judicial branch as a ...
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Ambassador Donovan’s Remarks at the Ceremonial Signing between Boeing and Lion Group

Good afternoon!  Thank you for inviting me to join this special occasion.  I also want to express my thanks to Boeing, Ambassador Rusdi and Minister Budi for joining us. I would like to congratulate Boeing and the Lion Group on this partnership, yet another example of the strong economic relationship between the United States and ...
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USNS Mercy, Pacific Partnership Mission Arrive in Bengkulu

BENGKULU, Indonesia – U.S. and partner nation service members participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 arrived in Bengkulu, Indonesia aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) March 29. The mission in Bengkulu will continue through April 12 and will feature mission personnel working side-by-side with Indonesian medical professionals, participating in civil engineering projects, ...
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Ambassador Donovan’s Remarks on Indonesia Stunting Summit

Thank you to our partners from the Ministry of National Development Planning: Bapak Kennedy Simanjuntak, Deputy Minister on Development Funding; Bapak Subandi, Deputy Minister on Human Development, Community and Culture; Bapak Pungkas Bahjuri Ali, Director of Community Health and Nutrition; Thank you also to the: Distinguished Members of Board of Trustees of MCA-Indonesia And to ...
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Secretary of Defense Mattis’s Remarks at an Honor Cordon Welcoming Indonesia Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi to the Pentagon

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JAMES N. MATTIS:  Madame Minister — Minister Retno, it’s very good to have you here.  Excellency, Ambassador, thank you for coming over, as well.  I very much enjoyed my visit to your country, to your capital in January.  It was very educational for me.  I learned a great deal. I believe our ...
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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens: Uptick in Criminal Activity in South Jakarta

Police and media reports indicate a recent increase in criminal incidents in the Kemang and Jalan Sudirman areas of Jakarta. Violent assaults against or among patrons at bars and clubs along Jalan Kemang Raya have been reported, in some cases perpetrated by groups of males on motorcycles. Individual women walking alone have also reported instances ...
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Ambassador Donovan Reaffirms Commitment to U.S.- Indonesian Strategic Partnership in North Sulawesi

United States Ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph R. Donovan Jr., concluded his recent trip to North Sulawesi where he demonstrated the U.S.’ ongoing commitment to the U.S.-Indonesian Strategic Partnership across all segments of Indonesian society, including through military-to-military engagement, promoting commercial ties, educational exchanges, and expanded trade ties. While in Manado, Ambassador Donovan participated in the ...
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Ambassador Donovan Promotes U.S.-Indonesian Economic, Strategic and People-to-People Ties in South Sulawesi

United States Ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph R. Donovan Jr. completed his first visit to South Sulawesi, highlighting the continuing strength of the U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership. During his two-day visit to Makassar, he met with South Sulawesi Governor Syahrul Yasin Limpo, toured the Mars Sybioscience Facility, PLN (Perusahan Listrik Negara) Dispatch Center, and met with alumni ...
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Ambassador Donovan’s Remarks on Honeywell’s Connected Campus Laboratory, University of Indonesia

Minister Nasir, Rector Anis, President Roy Kosasih from Honeywell’s ASEAN and Indonesia offices – it’s a great pleasure to see all of you at this event. Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Selamat Pagi. Good morning. I would like to congratulate the leadership and staff of Honeywell and the University of Indonesia for your hard work ...
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American Higher Education Within Reach: University Fairs Promote Educational Opportunities in the U.S. for Indonesians

The U.S. Embassy and EducationUSA will host three free university fairs across Indonesia to introduce students to the many benefits of higher education in the United States.  Approximately, 40 U.S. universities, colleges, and community colleges will participate in the fairs.  The university fairs will provide Indonesian students and their parents a chance to learn more ...
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Ambassador Donovan Promotes Strength of U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership in Semarang

Jakarta – This week, United States Ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph R. Donovan Jr., emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership for expanding commercial and people-to-people ties between Central Java and the United States.  The Ambassador’s two-day visit to Semarang included meetings with Mayor Hendrar Prihadi, representatives for the Central Java Branch of the Indonesian ...
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Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot ...
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United States, Indonesia and BOS Foundation Release Four Rescued Orangutans in Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park

JAKARTA – The United States Embassy, the Government of Indonesia, and the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation announced the successful release of two male and two female rescued orangutans to the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park on Borneo Island. The four orangutans raised the total number of rescued orangutans in the national park to ...
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Indonesia and the United States Launch New Project to Advance Health of Mothers and Newborns

JAKARTA-On Mother’s Day (December 22, 2017), the United States and Indonesia announced the launch of Jalin, a five-year $55 million project that will help save lives of the poorest and most vulnerable mothers and newborns in Indonesia. Through Jalin, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Indonesian Ministry of Health (MOH) will improve ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Scheduled Near the U.S. Consulate General Surabaya

Reports indicate that approximately 500 protesters may hold a demonstration near the U.S. Consulate General on Friday, December 22 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to protest the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  Following the demonstration at the U.S. Consulate General, the group plans to proceed to the Grahadi Building in ...
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President Donald J. Trump Announces a National Security Strategy to Advance America’s Interests

“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.” – President Donald J. Trump A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW ERA: Less than a year after taking office, President Donald J. Trump is ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Security Awareness

The Embassy would like to encourage U.S. citizens to maintain increased security awareness through the holidays.  During the holiday season, the Indonesian National Police will visibly increase their presence at tourist sites, churches, malls, and other public gathering places.  While these arrangements are not in response to any specific threat, we nonetheless encourage U.S. citizens ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Scheduled Near the U.S. Consulate General Surabaya

Police contacts have informed the U.S. Consulate General of a planned demonstration on Tuesday, December 19, of up to 1000 members of a coalition of student groups to protest the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The group will gather at the Surabaya Zoo from 10:00 a.m. and is expected to arrive ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Public Demonstrations at U.S. Diplomatic Facilities in Indonesia

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Indonesia informs U.S. citizens that political and religious organizers are planning demonstrations to protest the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at several U.S. government diplomatic facilities in Indonesia.  We urge U.S. citizens to avoid areas of demonstrations.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE on Limited Public Services at U.S. Diplomatic Facilities in Indonesia on December 11, 2017

The U.S. Embassy is aware of planned demonstrations at several U.S. government diplomatic facilities in Indonesia. Due to protest activity, the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and the U.S. Consulate in Medan will temporarily limit routine public services on Monday, December 11. In the event of an emergency threatening the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Temporarily Limited Public Services at U.S. Diplomatic Facilities in Indonesia on December 11, 2017

The U.S. Embassy is aware of planned demonstrations at several U.S. government diplomatic facilities in Indonesia.  Due to protest activity, the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and the U.S. Consulate General in Surabayawill temporarily limit routine public services on Monday, December 11.  In the event of an emergency threatening the life or safety of a U.S. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Public Demonstrations at U.S. Diplomatic Facilities in Indonesia

The U.S. Embassy is aware that there are planned demonstrations, most of which are in the vicinity of several U.S. government diplomatic facilities in Indonesia, to protest the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Demonstrations have the potential to become violent. We urge U.S. citizens to avoid all protests, especially those in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Demonstrations at U.S Embassy Jakarta and Consulate General in Surabaya

December 8, 2017 Possible Demonstrations at U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya Reports indicate that up to 500 participants may demonstrate at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and up to 3,000 participants may demonstrate at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya at about 1:00 p.m. (after mid-day prayers) on Friday, December ...
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Statement by Ambassador Donovan on President Trump’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

When President Trump announced that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and its seat of government yesterday, the President also publicly reaffirmed that the United States supports the status quo at the holy sites of Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif.  As the President said in his remarks, “Jerusalem is today, and must remain, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens : United States Recognizes Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson: President Trump’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

December 6, 2017 President Trump‘s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital aligns U.S. presence with the reality that Jerusalem is home to Israel’s legislature, Supreme Court, President’s office, and Prime Minister‘s office. We have consulted with many friends, partners, and allies in advance of the President making his decision.  We firmly believe there is ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Large-scale Gathering at Monas Park in Jakarta

LARGE-SCALE GATHERING AT MONAS PARK IN JAKARTA Saturday, December 2, 2017, 3:00 AM to 12:30 PM The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta informs U.S. citizens that a large-scale gathering will take place in and around Monas Park in downtown Jakarta, on Saturday, December 2, 2017, in commemoration of the Prophet Muhammad’s birth and the anniversary of ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Bali Airport Re-opens

The U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya alerts U.S. citizens that Indonesian authorities re-opened the Bali airport on November 29 at 3:00 p.m. local time.  However, each airline will make its own determination regarding whether or when to resume flight operations.  Travelers can also exit the island of Bali via the port in Gilimanuk in West ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson: On the Latest DPRK Missile Launch

The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of what is likely an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, indiscriminately threatening its neighbors, the region and global stability. The DPRK’s relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them must be reversed.  Together the international community must continue to send a ...
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Thanksgiving is a Time to Celebrate Tolerance and Diversity

SURABAYA – To celebrate Thanksgiving, Consul General Heather Variava and her team visited a variety of houses of worship, and religious communities in Surabaya.  These visits highlighted the tolerance and diversity of Eastern Indonesia, and also showed the similarities between the United States and Indonesia.  “Just as the United States is a country made up ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Situation Around Tembagapura

The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens to recent shootings near Tembagapura, Papua, Indonesia.  Media reports indicate armed attackers have carried out a series of shootings in the area since August 2017, resulting in the death of 2 people and 13 injuries.  More than 1,000 local residents have been evacuated from the area.  The area where ...
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International Student Enrollment in the U.S. Tops One Million for the Second Time

November 15, 2017 –   From November 13-17, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education will celebrate International Education Week (#IEW2017) by encouraging Americans and international students to seek opportunities to study abroad, make connections with peers in other countries, and ultimately see themselves as actors in and shapers of both their ...
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Ambassador Donovan’s Opening Address at the U.S. – Indonesia Investment Summit 2017

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Selamat pagi. Good morning. Selamat datang ke Jakarta to our guests who have joined us from the United States or from elsewhere in the region. I want to thank the members and staff of the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington for ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Mt. Agung Alert Level Reduced

Update:  The U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya informs U.S. citizens that on October 29 the Indonesian government downgraded the alert level for Mt. Agung, an active volcano in East Bali, from Level 4 to Level 3 due to a sustained decrease in the volcano’s seismic activity.  The Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation ...
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United States Provides $1.1 Million Grants for Four U.S. – Indonesia Research Collaborations

JAKARTA – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced four Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) between Indonesian and American scientists. Administered by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, these four research partnership grants will gather evidence to inform policy and management decisions in: peatland restoration; Science, Technology, Engineering and ...
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Statement from the U.S. Embassy

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford invited Commander of the Indonesian Armed Forces General Gatot Nurmantyo to attend a Chiefs of Defense Conference on Countering Violent Extremism being held October 23-24 in Washington, D.C. General Gatot was unable to travel as planned. The Embassy was in touch with the General’s staff ...
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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence Visits Indonesia

  Speeches and Remarks Remarks by the Vice President at ASEAN – April 20, 2017 Remarks by the Vice President and Indonesian President Widodo to the Press – April 20, 2017 Statements and Releases Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Interfaith Religious Leaders – April 20, 2017 Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Indonesian Cabinet Ministers – April 20, 2017 Press Releases Commercial Deliverables for Commercial Signing Ceremony – April 21, 2017
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New Entry Period for Diversity Visa Program (DV) 2019

The 2019 Diversity Visa website is currently down for maintenance. Due to technical issues, the current registration period for Diversity Visa-2019 is being extended, and all enrollments made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted. The new entry period for DV-2019 will open for electronic entries at noon, Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, ...
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United States Congratulates Indonesian Finalist for the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women

JAKARTA – The United States Embassy congratulates Dr. Fitriya N. Dewi for being chosen as a finalist for the third annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-U.S. Science Prize for Women, sponsored by ASEAN, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). She was chosen for her exceptional research on the impact of rapid urbanization on ...
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Diversity Visa (DV) Program 2019

Diversity Visa 2019 opens for electronic entries at noon, Eastern Daylight Time, Tuesday, October 3, 2017, and closes at noon, Eastern Standard Time, Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Applicants can access the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at the official E-DV website,  dvlottery.state.gov , during the registration period. DV instructions also are available on the Department of State’s ...
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Ambassador Donovan Highlights Link Between Investment, Education, and Prosperity in Bojonegoro

United States Ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph R. Donovan Jr, saw first-hand how ExxonMobil and the Regency of Bojonegro are partnering to improve the future of Bojonegoro’s communities.  Ambassador Donovan, accompanied by Surabaya Consul General Heather Variava, visited ExxonMobil’s Banyu Urip project, one of Indonesia’s largest oil developments, and later met with the Regent of Bojonegoro, ...
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Ambassador Donovan Inaugurates EducationUSA Graduate Fairs in Malang and Jakarta

Ambassador Donovan and a senior Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education official opened the EducationUSA Graduate Fair in Jakarta on September 16.  The Ambassador emphasized the importance of education in the U.S.-Indonesia strategic partnership and highlighted the quality and benefits of studying in the U.S. More than 1,450 Indonesian students participated in EducationUSA Indonesia’s third ...
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U.S. Littoral Combat Ship, USS Coronado Makes Port Visit to Jakarta, Indonesia

The USS Coronado (LCS 4), one of the U.S. Navy’s newest warships, made a good will port visit to Jakarta from September 14-16. During the visit to Jakarta the crew hosted a reception attended by the Ambassador, Indonesian Minister for Maritime Affairs Susi Pudjiastuti and Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan, ambassadors from ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increase in Small Crimes Near the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta

On Thursday, September 14, 2017, the U.S. Embassy has received reports of an increase in small crimes in close proximity to the Embassy in Jakarta.  The incidents occurred during working and/or daylight hours.  While the victims were not physically injured, they were robbed of personal items. The Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens to ...
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University of Indonesia Student Wins the 4th Annual Youth Debate on Human Rights for ASEAN Countries

JAKARTA – University of Indonesia Student Catherine, who goes by one name, was selected as one of the five winners of the 4th Annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Youth Debate, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State. The Youth ...
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Melalui CARAT Angkatan Laut AS dan TNI AL Pererat Kemitraan dan Tingkatkan Kerjasama Latihan

Angkatan laut Amerika Serikat dan TNI-AL akan bergabung serta bertukar keterampilan dalam latihan militer bersama (Latma) “Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT)” Ke-23, yang akan berlangsung pada 7-13 September. Kegiatan latihan lapangan akan digelar di Surabaya, sementara kegiatan di laut dan udara akan bertempat di Laut Jawa dan Laut Bali. Latma bertujuan untuk memperkuat kerja ...
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U.S. and Indonesian Navies Embrace Long-Standing Partnership during CARAT

The U.S. and Indonesian navies will come together for the 23rd Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) bilateral exercise and skills exchange, September 7-13. The exercise will take place on the ground in Surabaya and in the waters and airspace of the Java and Bali Seas.  The training is aimed at deepening maritime security cooperation between ...
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Statement from Secretary Tillerson on the Occasion of Eid al-Adha

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 31, 2017 As the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca and Medina comes to a close, I wish Muslims across the globe a meaningful and blessed Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha, also known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice,’ is a special time when millions of Muslims ...
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U.S. Embassy Jakarta Announces New Counselor for Public Affairs and Press Attaché

JAKARTA – The U.S. Embassy Jakarta announces Susan Shultz as the new Counselor for Public Affairs and Rakesh Surampudi as new Press Attaché and Spokesperson. As Counselor for Public Affairs, Ms. Shultz heads the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) that promotes and advances the U.S. – Indonesia Strategic Partnership through @america, our American Cultural ...
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USAID OCEANS Announces New Partnership to Combat Illegal & Unsustainable Fishing in Indonesia

JAKARTA, August 22, 2017 – The United States Agency for International Development’s Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans) and Yayasan Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI), have announced a new partnership for reducing illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Through the partnership, they will establish an innovative system for promoting sustainable fisheries and marine biodiversity conservation.  ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson: Indonesia National Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to the Republic of Indonesia as it celebrates its National Day and 72nd year of independence on August 17th. The United States and Indonesia share much in common as two dynamic and diverse democracies and G20 economies.  We continue to reaffirm ...
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Religious freedom is a cherished American value and a universal human right. It has been 19 years since the enactment of the International Religious Freedom Act, landmark legislation that placed the promotion of religious freedom as a central element of America’s foreign policy. The United States promotes religious freedom as a moral imperative. As importantly, ...
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50 Young ASEAN Volunteers Gather in Indonesia for Disaster Resilience Program

Bandung – Fifty young volunteers from 10 ASEAN countries have gathered for four weeks in Bandung, Indonesia, to participate in the annual ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program (AYVP) supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). For the month of August, participants will learn about natural disasters, how to mitigate risks, and build resilience. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Temporary Closure of Bali Consular Agency

On Wednesday, August 2, 2017 the U.S. Consular Agency in Bali will be temporarily closed to the public until 12:00 p.m. due to a planned  demonstration at or near the Consular Agency.   Routine services and appointments at the Consular Agency will resume in the afternoon.  Emergency services for U.S. citizens will remain available all ...
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Celebration of the 241st Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, Jakarta

Wakil Presiden Kalla, Mentri Rudiantara, Mentri Basuki, Mentri Ibu Susi, Mentri Sumadi, Mentri Rizal, Mentri Eko, Mantan Presiden Yudhoyono, Mantan Presiden Habibie, para mentri, Secretary General Minh, Charge Dennis Shields, dan teman teman semua. Selamat datang di perayaan ke 241 kemerdekaan Amerika. Tema tahun ini “Kekuatan dalam Keragaman, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, dan E Pluribus Unum”. ...
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Ambassador Donovan’s Visit to West Kalimantan

U.S. Ambassador Joseph R. Donovan Jr. recently visited West Pontianak Province on July 11 – 12. On this occasion, Ambassador Donovan met with West Kalimantan Vice Governor Christiandy Sanjaya. Vice Governor Sanjaya said that the West Kalimantan provincial government will continue to be open for investment opportunities from the United States, whether in natural resources, ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Joko Widodo of Indonesia

President Donald J. Trump met with President Joko Widodo today at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. The two leaders emphasized their commitment to strengthening the United States-Indonesia strategic partnership, which is grounded in the interests and values shared by two of the world’s largest democracies. They discussed ways to expand fair and reciprocal trade between their ...
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Ambassador Donovan Promotes U.S.-Indonesian Partnership in Sumatra

The Ambassador emphasized the United States’ commitment to strengthening our economic partnership, expanding educational exchange programs, and supporting Indonesia’s own efforts to increase access to clean water and sanitation services during a July 4-6 visit to Medan, North Sumatra.  North Sumatra Governor Tengku Erry Nuradi discussed the province’s power deficit.  U.S. Embassy Foreign Commercial Officer ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Scheduled near the U.S. Consulate General

On Monday, June 19, approximately 500 people from the group KUMAIL (Komite Umat Islam Anti Amerika-Israel) are expected to gather at the U.S. Consulate General on Jalan Citra Raya Niaga to protest U.S. Israel policy from 02:00 p.m. to 04:00 p.m.  The Consulate General expects a large police presence in the area.  Afternoon appointments for ...
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Ambassador Donovan Attended Ramadan Jazz Festival

U.S. Ambassador Joseph R. Donovan Jr. attended the Ramadan Jazz Festival at Cut Meutia Mosque in Jakarta on June 10, to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. Mission to Indonesia and one of the most influential young Muslim communities in Jakarta. His visit is also to underscore our shared values of tolerance and diversity, as ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Awareness During Ramadan

June 1, 2017 The U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens in Indonesia that traffic accidents and incidents of crime tend to increase during the month of Ramadan and the subsequent Idul Fitri holiday period. Please keep the following points in mind: ‎Practice good situational awareness; remain actively aware of your surroundings, especially in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Suicide Bomb Attack – East Jakarta Bus Station

May 25, 2017 According to Indonesian authorities, at approximately 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, a suicide bomb attack targeting police occurred near a bus station in Kampung Melayu in East Jakarta.  There were a number of people killed and wounded.  No foreign nationals were among the casualties. All U.S. citizen visitors or residents in ...
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Ambassador Donovan’s Visit to Lombok

U.S. Ambassador Joseph R. Donovan Jr. recently completed his inaugural visit to Lombok in Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) Province on May 18, where his visit highlighted the depth and breadth of the U.S.-Indonesian strategic partnership. His visit included events promoting educational ties, cultural and religious diversity, and development in the fields of “green prosperity” and ...
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U.S. Partners with International Pole & Line Foundation to Combat Illegal Fishing in Indonesia

JAKARTA – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) launched an electronic catch documentation and traceability (CDT) system for tuna to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and seafood fraud in Indonesia, the world’s largest tuna-fishing nation. The CDT system will support collection of key ...
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Launch of ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women

JAKARTA (May 4, 2017) – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a global safety science company, launched today the third annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women. The 2017 prize will be awarded to a talented, early career woman from the ...
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Ambassador Donovan’s Visit to Aceh

Ambassador Donovan visited Aceh province from April 25-26, 2017.  During his visit, the Ambassador met with the governor-elect, the vice mayor, the head of provincial police and Wali Nanggroe Malik Mahmud, a cultural leader of Aceh.  While in Aceh, he participated in a U.S. government sponsored training on fraudulent documents attended by police, immigration, and ...
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Commercial Deliverables for Commercial Signing Ceremony

Vice President Mike Pence and Indonesia Vice President Jusuf Kalla celebrated over $10 billion dollars in trade and investment agreements that demonstrate the strength of the U.S.-Indonesia economic relationship. The deals include the delivery of cutting-edge U.S. technologies to help meet Indonesia’s energy needs and process waste into valuable byproducts. U.S. companies are also supporting ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Interfaith Religious Leaders

Today (April 20), Vice President Mike Pence participated in an interfaith dialogue with faith leaders of Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Confucianism at the conclusion of his tour of the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia. Vice President Pence expressed appreciation to Indonesia for its shared commitment to religious freedom and reaffirmed that the United States ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Indonesian Cabinet Ministers

Today, Vice President Mike Pence met with Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Indonesian Cabinet Ministers in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Vice President reaffirmed the United States’ strong, enduring commitment to the Asia-Pacific region and the Strategic Partnership with Indonesia. Vice President Pence expressed appreciation to the Government of Indonesia for its commitment to tolerance and peace. ...
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Remarks by the Vice President and Indonesian President Widodo to the Press

April 20, 2017 Remarks by the Vice President and Indonesian President Widodo to the Press Merdeka Palace Jakarta, Indonesia PRESIDENT WIDODO: (As translated.) It is an honor for Indonesia to welcome the visit of the Vice President of the United States, His Excellency Michael Richard Pence. This is my first meeting with the new administration ...
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Statement by Ambassador Donovan on the Visit by the Vice President of the United States Michael R. Pence to Indonesia

The visit of the Vice President to Jakarta reflects our continued commitment to the Strategic Partnership we have with Indonesia.  His engagement with Indonesian leaders will serve to strengthen our Strategic Partnership through discussions centered on deepening our economic engagement, boosting our cooperation on shared regional security priorities, and increasing our people to people contact ...
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Ambassador Donovan’s Travel to South Sumatra

From April 5-6, 2017, Ambassador Donovan visited Palembang in South Sumatra, accompanied by Consul Juha P. Salin. During the visit, the Ambassador emphasized the United States’ commitment to strengthening its economic partnership with Indonesia, specifically through increased business-to-business ties.  His visit built upon previous bilateral trade engagements in partnership with the U.S. Foreign Commercial Services ...
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Vice President Mike Pence To Travel to The Republic of Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, and Hawaii

WASHINGTON, DC – Vice President Mike Pence will travel to the Republic of Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, and Hawaii from April 15-25, 2017.  This trip will serve as the Vice President’s first official travel to the Asia-Pacific region.  During his trip, the Vice President will emphasize President Trump’s continued commitment to U.S. alliances and partnerships ...
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United States and Indonesia Partner on Energy Development

JAKARTA – From March 27-31, 2017, fourteen senior level officials from Indonesia’s National Planning and Development Agency, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and the National Electricity Company visited San Francisco and Sacramento, California to learn new ways to effectively plan and integrate renewable energy sources into Indonesia’s electricity grid. The Executive Exchange Program, ...
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U.S. and Indonesia Launch Five Collaborative Centers of High Quality Research in Indonesia

JAKARTA – U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission, Brian McFeeters, together with the Minister of Research Technology & Higher Education, Muhammad Nasir, launched a 20-million US dollar research program for five (5) Centers for Collaboration Research (CCRs) in Indonesia. “The establishment of these CCRs will help to develop, foster, and sustain research in science, technology, and ...
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Ambassador Donovan’s Travel to Papua

During his recent visit to Papua from March 8-11, Ambassador Donovan met with the Governor of Papua, the Acting Governor of West Papua, the Mayor of Sorong, and the Regent of Raja Ampat. He discussed education with students and faculty at the University of Muhammadiyah in Sorong and promotion of tolerance and diversity with religious ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Temporary Closure of Bali Consular Agency

The U.S. Consular Agency in Bali will be temporarily closed to the public on Monday, March 20, 2017 due to an upcoming demonstration at or near the Consular Agency.   Emergency services for U.S. citizens will remain available through the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya.  Routine services and appointments at the Consular Agency will resume ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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Ambassador Donovan’s Travel to East Java

From March 1-2 2017, the United States Ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph R. Donovan Jr. visited East Java, accompanied by Consul General Heather Variava. During this visit, he met with the Governor of East Java, Soekarwo, to discuss the Strategic Partnership between the United States and Indonesia, especially in East Java.  Ambassador Donovan also briefly visited ...
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2016 Human Rights Country Report

Promoting human rights and democratic governance is a core element of U.S. foreign policy. These values form an essential foundation of stable, secure, and functioning societies. Standing up for human rights and democracy is not just a moral imperative but is in the best interests of the United States in making the world more stable ...
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USAID and Walton Family Foundation Launch New Partnership To Protect Indonesia’s Fisheries and Marine Biodiversity

Denpasar – Representatives from the United States Agency for International Development and Walton Family Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding today at the Economist World Ocean Summit to improve Indonesia’s marine biodiversity conservation and fisheries management. At the signing, U.S. Ambassador Joseph R. Donovan Jr. said, “This is an exciting collaboration that we hope will ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy and Consulate General Closed for Public Services on February 15 Election Day

The Indonesian government has declared a national holiday on Wednesday, February 15 to give Indonesian citizens the opportunity to vote in gubernatorial and other local elections in many areas of the country.  Therefore, the Consular Sections at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya as well as the Consular Agency ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: 2017 Overseas Voting Registration

Just voted in November? Still traveling or living overseas? You should register and request your absentee ballot to vote again in 2017 to ensure your election office knows where to send your ballot for any upcoming special elections for federal office. Some states are also holding gubernatorial or other statewide elections this year. The Federal Voting Assistance ...
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Award-Winning Schools Use Active Learning to Improve Education Quality

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Over the past few weeks, and as recently as December 21, Indonesian security officials have disrupted multiple terror cells and arrested more than a dozen individuals suspected of planning attacks in Indonesia.  While none of the targets mentioned include United States government or private facilities, the U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to exercise a high ...
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Indonesian authorities and the U.S. Geological Survey report a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Indonesia’s Aceh Province in Northwest Sumatra at a depth of approximately five miles at about 5:03 a.m. local time on December 7.  The epicenter of the earthquake was located approximately 12 miles southeast of Aceh’s Sigli town in Pidie Jaya Regency.  Indonesian ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Large-scale Prayer Gathering in Central Jakarta on Friday, December 2, 2016

Indonesian media reports and government officials indicate that a number of organizations will hold a large-scale “mass prayer gathering” in central Jakarta at the National Monument (MONAS) on Friday, December 2, 2016.  There is a possibility of smaller related gatherings in other cities throughout Indonesia.  The Indonesian government has announced that the Indonesian National Police ...
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International Student Enrollment in the U.S. Tops One Million for the First Time Students from Indonesia Increased by 6.6% to 8,727 November 14, 2016 – The 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released today, indicates that the number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities surpassed one million for the first time ...
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U.S. Promotes Blue Economy and Ocean Preservation in Bunaken National Marine Park

Manado, Indonesia – Chargé d’Affaires Brian McFeeters, Consul General Heather Variava, and marine scientists and professors from Sam Ratulangi University, participated in a follow-on event to the 2016 Our Ocean conference at Bunaken National Marine Park on November 1.  There they viewed the rich marine diversity of Bunaken and learned about Indonesia’s efforts to preserve ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Indonesia on Friday, November 4, 2016

Indonesian media reports indicate that a number of organizations have called for large-scale protests in central Jakarta and other major cities in Indonesia on Friday, November 4.  The Indonesian government has announced that the Indonesian National Police and military (TNI) will be present to provide security for these events.  The protests are expected to begin ...
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Gadjah Mada University Students Awarded Grand Prize of the YSEALI World of Food Innovation Challenge

SIEM RIEP, November 1, 2016 – The United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) awarded first place of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) World of Food Innovation Challenge to a team of three Indonesian students from Gadjah Mada University. The team’s MINO Microbubble Generator technology increases oxygen in water and as a result, enlarges tilapia fish size by 40 percent, improving fish survival rate by nine percent, ...
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Go Vote! Drop Off Your Absentee Ballot by October 18th

Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in ...
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Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Open until November 7

The Department of State administers the Congressionally-mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program annually.  Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States, including Indonesia.  For Fiscal Year 2018, 50,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be ...
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Gadjah Mada University Students Named Finalists in International Food Innovation Challenge

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U.S. Calls for Grant Applications from Indonesian Researchers

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The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Travel Guidance for Indonesia regarding the risk of Zika virus infection.  Zika virus is endemic .  The risk of Zika to travelers, especially pregnant women, in endemic countries is likely lower (but not zero) than in areas where Zika ...
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Top 8 Reasons Passport Photos are Denied

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United States and Indonesia Partnership Supports World-class Education

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about relevant events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world.  Current information suggests that terrorist groups continue to plan attacks in ...
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United States Provides $1 Million in Research Funding to Six Indonesian Scientists

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced approximately $1 million in grants through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program for six research partnerships between Indonesian and American scientists. The research will address research questions in topics such as climate change mitigation, infectious disease, and science education. “The United States is proud ...
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Pacific Partnership 2016 Departs Indonesia, Completing Final Mission Stop

PADANG, Indonesia (Aug. 31, 2016) Pacific Partnership 2016, embarked aboard hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), departed its fifth and final mission stop, Padang, Indonesia, Aug. 31, completing two weeks of humanitarian assistance disaster response collaboration and training, medical and engineering subject matter expert exchanges, cooperative health engagements and community relation events. This year marks ...
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United States Supports Indonesia’s Efforts to Stop Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder of Security Practices

In view of recent worldwide security incidents, the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security.  In the past, extremist groups have planned their attacks or expressed a desire to attack to coincide with significant dates or events.  This includes national holidays such as Indonesian Independence ...
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A Message from President Obama on Indonesia’s Independence Day

Dear Mr. President: On behalf of the United States of America, please accept my congratulations to you and the people of Indonesia on the 71st anniversary of Indonesian independence this August 17. The strong bond of friendship between our two democracies is a point of pride for both our nations.  The U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership, which ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on Indonesia’s Independence Day 2016

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, it is with great pleasure that I send my sincerest regards to the people of Indonesia on the 71st anniversary of your independence this August 17. Deeply rooted in the democratic values and respect for civil society that our peoples share, the ties between our nations ...
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2015 International Religious Freedom Report

The constitution guarantees freedom of religion and the right to worship according to one’s own beliefs, but states that citizens must accept restrictions established by law to protect the rights of others and to satisfy “just demands based upon considerations of morality, religious values, security and public order in a democratic society.” The law restricts ...
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United States and Indonesia Launch $8.4 Million Project to Advance Social Justice

Chargé d’Affaires Brian McFeeters, Secretary General of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights Dr. Bambang Sariwanto, Head of the National Law Development of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights Agency Dr. Enny Nurbaningsih, National Commission on Anti-violence against Women Commissioner Indri Suparno, and other officials attend the launch of the USAID and The ...
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“The U.S. and Indonesia: a Strategic Partnership of Promise and Opportunity” at the FPCI

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President Obama Announces Joseph R. Donovan, Jr. as Nominee for Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary July 13, 2016 President Obama said, “I am confident that these experienced and hardworking individuals will help us tackle the important challenges facing America, and I am grateful for their service.  I look forward to working with them.” President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following ...
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U.S. Dept. of State Spokesperson John Kirby on the Decision in the Philippines-China Arbitration

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC July 12, 2016   The decision today by the Tribunal in the Philippines-China arbitration is an important contribution to the shared goal of a peaceful resolution to disputes in the South China Sea. We are still studying the decision and ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Occasion of Idul Fitri

On the joyful occasion of Idul Fitri, Teresa and I convey our warmest wishes to Muslims across the world.  This holiday marks the end of Ramadan, a season full of acts of devotion, reflection, charity, service, community meals and family gatherings.  Eid is a time when Muslims celebrate their inner growth from the sacrifices made ...
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Secretary Kerry at the 2016 Trafficking In Person Report Ceremony

AMBASSADOR COPPEDGE: Thank you, everyone, for being here today. That was quite a reception, and on behalf of the heroes and the Secretary, thank you for that. Just some brief notes on our program: The Secretary is going to make some remarks. We’re going to honor our wonderful heroes this year. We have nine heroes from ...
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Personal Safety and Situational Awareness During Ramadan in Jakarta

With the start of Ramadan, the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta would like to remind all U.S. citizens residing in, or traveling to Indonesia that over the course of this month, particularly during the days leading up to Idul-Fitri on July 6-7, 2016, the Embassy routinely receives reports of a noticeable spike in petty crime. Please ...
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Hatta-Sjahrir Marine Sciences and Fisheries College, Banda

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Hatta-Sjahrir Marine Sciences and Fisheries College, Banda Distinguished delegates, representatives, and students – thank you for inviting me to Hatta-Sjahrir Marine Sciences and Fisheries College today. One of our most important objectives in Indonesia is to expand our education cooperation, catalyze partnerships between U.S. and Indonesian universities,  and encourage more ...
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Remarks by Secretary Kerry on the Occasion of Ramadan

On behalf of the United States Department of State, Teresa and I wish Muslims in the United States and around the world a happy and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a cherished month in Islam. It is a sacred period of prayer and fasting, offering hospitality, and remembering those who are less fortunate. Through our embassies ...
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Indonesia-U.S. Aviation Working Group Seminar

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The U.S. – Indonesia Aviation Working Group, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the U.S. – Indonesia Aviation Working Group, Jakarta. Minister Jonan Ignasius, Director General Suprasetyo, Indonesian aviation officials and stakeholders, and of course our U.S. company representatives. I am delighted to be be here today.  As we approach the one year anniversary of our first U.S.-Indonesia Aviation Working Group event, I ...
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Cooking Demo Highlights US Products in Lead-up to Ramadan

Ambassador Blake led a cooking demonstration on May 31 at the Sea Breeze restaurant in Jakarta promoting US dates, apples, walnuts, potatoes, beef, citrus, and prunes in advance of the Ramadan season. Working alongside an Indonesian chef, the Ambassador prepared several traditional Indonesian dishes using American ingredients, creating fusion cuisine that could be prepared at ...
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Bringing the U.S. & Indonesia Closer Through Education & Volunteerism

Central government as well as East Java and West Java government officials joined the Ambassador June 1 to swear-in 68 new Peace Corps Volunteers in Kediri, the largest batch of volunteers in Indonesia to date.  The Ambassador deputized the volunteers to be US ambassadors to their host communities, building personal ties between the United States ...
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Peace Corps Swearing In, Kediri, East Java

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Peace Corps Swearing In, Kediri, East Java. Ibu Suharto from the Ministry of Education and Culture, Representatives from Kediri and from STAIN Kediri, Peace Corps Country Director Nina Favor, Surabaya CG Heather Variava, Volunteers, ladies and gentlemen, Selamat pagi! I am really delighted to be here to be able to ...
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Celebration of the 240th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Celebration of the 240th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, Jakarta Coordinating Minister Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister Ramli, Minister Rudiantara, Minister Pudjiastuti, Minister Husin, Minister Lembong, my wonderful fellow Ambassador Nina Hachigian, fellow Americans, friends, welcome to America’s Independence Day celebration! This year’s theme is “working ...
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Ambassador Blake’s Travel to Palembang, South Sumatra

Traveling to South Sumatra, Ambassador Blake joined Consulate Medan staff in holding its first-ever Independence Day Celebration outside of Medan. The flagship May 24 event in Palembang, South Sumatra was headlined by the US Navy Band Orient Express and co-hosted by South Sumatra Province and its Governor Alex Noerdin. The Ambassador noted in his remarks ...
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President Obama in YSEALI Town Hall, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Remarks by President Obama in YSEALI Town Hall, GEM Convention Center, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you!  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Thank you very much.  Xin chào.  (Applause.)  Thank you, Tu, for the excellent introduction and your outstanding work to help more young people in Vietnam ...
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President Obama in Address to the People of Vietnam

Remarks by President Obama in Address to the People of Vietnam National Convention Center Hanoi, Vietnam 12:11 P.M. ICT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Xin chào!  (Applause.)  Xin chào Vietnam!  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  To the government and the people of Vietnam, thank you for this very warm welcome and the hospitality that you have ...
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Spirit of Cooperation Event, Residence of the Governor of South Sumatra

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Spirit of Cooperation Event, Residence of the Governor of South Sumatra Governor Noerdin, Governors of other Sumatran Provinces, other distinguished guests, welcome to this celebration of Cooperation between the United States of America and Sumatra! While our Consulate is in Medan, the title of this event says it all.  It ...
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Leveled Reading Books Support Indonesian Literacy

On May 24, Deputy Chief of Mission Brian McFeeters participated in a hand-over ceremony with the Director General of Basic Education at the Ministry of Education and Culture, symbolizing the provision of over eight million leveled reading books as part of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) PRIORITAS program. In turn, the Director General ...
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Ambassador Blake on the Environment at Sekolah Menengah Umum, Sumatra Selatan

Remarks by Ambassador Blake on the Environment at Sekolah Menengah Umum, Sumatra Selatan Governor Noerdin, principal, faculty, students, ladies and gentlemen. It is a pleasure to be here at Sekolah Menengah Umum, Sumatra Selatan.  Thank you for your kind invitation to talk to you today about the importance of protecting our environment.  If I have ...
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@america Press Conference & Performance ‎Highlights Ambassador’s Upcoming Sinetron Appearance

On May 20, Ambassador Blake appeared with rising Muslim pop star Harris J to highlight their upcoming sinetron appearance on national TV station RCTI (estimated viewership of 30 million) during Ramadan. DNA Productions and Warner Music Indonesia representatives also discussed the collaborative effort that brought internet star Harris J (a UK citizen signed by US-based ...
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Strengthening Ties Through Education, Building A Positive Future for the U.S. and Indonesia

On May 18, USAID’s Program to Extend Scholarships to Achieve Sustainable Impacts (PRESTASI) held a ceremony to mark the successful completion of English-language, leadership, and statistics training for 37 Indonesians who will pursue a master’s degree in the US in the 2016 academic year. After completion of their degree, the scholars will return to Indonesia ...
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MOOC Connects Indonesian Students to US Higher Education, Political Activism‎, and Women’s Empowerment

On May 4, ‎the Embassy wrapped up a five-week challenging MOOC (massive open online course) at @america titled The Psychology of Political Activism: Women Changing the World, from Coursera and Smith College. During the course, Indonesian participants engaged in in-depth discussions on political activism in the US by examining the lives of nine prominent women ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: May 1 Mass Demonstrations in Downtown Jakarta

The U.S. Embassy has been notified that large-scale demonstrations are scheduled to occur tomorrow, May 1, 2016, starting at approximately 8:00 a.m. and lasting until 5:00 p.m. and possibly later.  At this time, the following locations have been identified as locations where these protests will likely occur: vicinity around U.S. Embassy, Indosat, Monas Park (East Side), Horse Statue Roundabout, Hotel Indonesia ...
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‎Treasury Acting Under Secretary Adam J. Szubin visits Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced that Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Adam J. Szubin will visit Jakarta, Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, Malaysia, and Singapore on May 2-5, 2016. During his trip, Acting Under Secretary Szubin will discuss anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) efforts with senior ...
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Protecting Victims of Trafficking by Enhancing Integrated Services

Deputy Chief of Mission Brian McFeeters introduced an April 29 @america event that launched two new handbooks to help trafficking victims in Indonesia.  The handbooks were produced by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the NEXUS Institute with the support of the U.S. Department of State and in cooperation with a number of Government ...
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Come Study in the U.S.: Opportunities for Indonesians Abound!

On April 28, Deputy Chief of Mission Brian McFeeters, along with a representative from the Government of Indonesia’s Scholarship Division of LPDP (Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan), emphasized the benefits of studying in the U.S., highlighted the many free resources available through EducationUSA and congratulated all the LPDP awardees at a “Study in the US” event ...
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Preservation Efforts Build Strong Ties, Demonstrate U.S. Commitment to Indonesia

On April 26, Ambassador Blake along with government representatives, city officials, the Cikini hospital, and the Center for Architecture Documentation (PDA) turned over research and documentation, completed this past year, of the Raden Saleh Mansion‎. The research was made possible through a 2015 U.S. Embassy grant for USD 22,224. The ceremony showcased U.S. support for ...
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Protecting IPR through Digital Creativity & Making Movies with Smartphones Workshop

On April 26, Ambassador Blake kicked off a workshop at @america, “Filmmaking Smarthack: Making Online Videos with your Smartphone,” with local partners Layaria and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for approximately 80 young Indonesians in celebration of World Intellectual Property Day.  In his remarks, the Ambassador stressed the importance of protecting intellectual property ...
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Raden Saleh Mansion, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Raden Saleh Mansion, Jakarta Selamat pagi. It is with great pleasure that I’m able to be here this morning with all of you, especially: Mr. Hari Widianto, Ministry of Education and Culture Dr. Alexander Ginting, Cikini Hospital Mr. Catur Laswanto, Head of Tourism and Culture Agency, Jakarta Provincial Government ...
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Embassy and Consulates Join Together to Promote Girls’ Empowerment, Health, and Leadership

On April 24, nearly 1,000 girls in four cities across Indonesia participated in 5K “fun runs” in a culmination of 6 months of training delivered by  three different implementing partners. Part an effort to increase girls’ participation in sports via the easily accessible sport of running in all four cities, in Surabaya U.S. Consul General ...
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Ambassador Blake’s Travel to East Kalimantan

From April 23-25, Ambassador Blake traveled to East Kalimantan to visit Balikpapan and Samarinda. Over the course of his two day visit he met with members of civil society, local businesses, municipal government representatives, U.S. alumni, and high school and university students. On April 24 in Balikpapan, Ambassador Blake joined a running event with approximately ...
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IPMI International Business School’s American Culture Month in Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the IPMI International Business School’s American Culture Month, Jakarta Good morning.  It is my great pleasure to be back here at IPMI International Business School’s American Culture Month.  Thank you to IPMI, especially Jimmy Gani and Dana Afriza, for all of your efforts in putting the American culture month together. ...
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Rescuing Trafficked Fishermen: Discussion with Pulitzer-Prize Winning AP Journalist

Ambassador Blake hosted an April 20 @america event that highlighted last year’s rescue of over 1,500 fishermen trafficked onto foreign fishing vessels and forced to work as slave labor in Indonesian waters.  Associated Press (AP) journalist Margie Mason described the investigation that led her to break the Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Mason explained how she located ...
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Launch of HELP App, @America, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Launch of HELP App, @America, Jakarta Selamat Siang. Selamat Hari Kartini. It is very fitting that we gather today to talk about an extraordinary project that exists to help women. We know Ibu Kartini was progressive for her time and that she recognized how critical education and increased access to ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Updated Country Specific Information

The U.S. Department of State has updated the Country Specific Information for Indonesia, which may be found at: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/indonesia.html . Please note the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and the Consulate General in Surabaya will be closed on May 5 and 6 for Indonesian holidays and on May 30 for the Memorial Day holiday. For additional travel ...
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Rescuing Trafficked Fishermen in Eastern Indonesia event, @America, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Rescuing Trafficked Fishermen in Eastern Indonesia event, @America, Jakarta Welcome to @america and thank you all very much for coming today. I would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Yunus Husein from the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, who is representing Minister Susi Pudjiastuti, who could ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Updated Country Specific Information

The U.S. Department of State has updated the Country Specific Information for Indonesia, which may be found at: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/indonesia.html . Please note the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and the Consulate General in Surabaya will be closed on May 5 and 6 for Indonesian holidays and on May 30 for the Memorial Day holiday. For additional travel ...
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“Foreign Policy in the Jokowi Administration” at the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club

Remarks by Ambassador Blake on “Foreign Policy in the Jokowi Administration” at the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club My fellow panelists, Members of the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club,  distinguished guests Thank you for the invitation to join this panel and provide the United States’ perspective on foreign policy in the Jokowi administration. When President Jokowi was ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry at Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit

SECRETARY KERRY:  Mike, thank you very, very much.  Thanks, more importantly, for your extraordinary leadership over the years.  I think everybody here knows that Mike Bloomberg has been a pioneer on so many different things, critical issues, and concepts – a great business person and entrepreneur of extraordinary capacity.  And he has proven his leadership qualities many ...
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Launch of Phase 2 of Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Procurement Modernization Project

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Launch of Phase 2 of Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Procurement Modernization Project Minister of Public Works Hadimuljono Bappenas Deputy Minister of Foreign Funding Wismana Suryabrata; Governors of Central Kalimantan, Maluku, and Gorontalo; Assembled Bupatis and Walikota; The Head of LKPP, Agus Prabowo; Our moderator Pak Reifeldi, Human Development Director at LKPP; ...
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Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken Travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Vietnam, and Indonesia

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Tokyo, Seoul, Hanoi, and Jakarta to participate in the third round of U.S.-Japan-Republic of Korea (ROK) Deputy-level trilateral consultations and discuss a range of regional and global issues with allies and partners in the region, April 17-22. In Tokyo April 17-19, Deputy Secretary Blinken will meet ...
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United States and Indonesia Explore Initiatives to Increase Trade and Investment

Yogyakarta, Indonesia – The United States and Indonesia met on April 11-12 under their bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) to discuss ways to boost trade and investment between them. These discussions built on exchanges between the United States and Indonesia at the ASEAN Leaders Summit and the ASEAN Economic Ministers Roadshow in February, ...
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Ambassador Blake’s Travel to Yogyakarta

On April 11, Ambassador Blake paid a visit to Gadjah Mada University ‎in Yogyakarta to meet with the Rector and her staff and to deliver a lecture to business and international relations students on trade and the development of Indonesia’s digital economy. After the Ambassador delivered his remarks the students asked a number of questions ...
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Trade and Indonesia’s Emerging Digital Economy, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blaka at Trade and Indonesia’s Emerging Digital Economy, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta Rector Rika, Dr. Made Arsana, thank you for the invitation to speak today.  It is a pleasure to be here at UGM, one of Indonesia’s finest universities.  I am here in Yogyakarta today because our two governments are meeting under ...
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Remarks by Assistant Secretary Daniel R. Russel at United States-Indonesia Society Dinner in Honor of Vice President Jusuf Kalla

As Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Ambassador Merrill, for that kind introduction. Mr. Vice President, thank you for joining us this evening. I appreciate the work that the United States-Indonesia Society and everyone here tonight does to maintain and deepen the close relationship between the United States and Indonesia. We need the continued advice, energy ...
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Ambassador Hosts Send-Off for High School Students on Nusantara Inter-Faith Program

On the morning of April 6, Ambassador Blake hosted a group of high school students from Insan Cendekia Madani, a boarding school in the Greater Jakarta area.  The ten students and one teacher are headed on a two-month exchange program through Imam Shamsi Ali’s Nusantara Foundation. The foundation’s work seeks to assist with the integration ...
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OPIC and UPC Sign Cooperation Letter for 75 MW Wind Farm in Eastern Indonesia

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) CEO Elizabeth Littlefield and UPC Renewables Chairman Brian Caffyn signed a letter of cooperation for UPC’s Sidrap project at PLN headquarters on April 7, witnessed by Ambassador Blake, PLN CEO Sofyan Basir, and Indonesian government officials from the Ministry of Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources and Investment Coordination Board. UPC ...
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Jakarta –Part of the annual DanceMotion USA program that brings American contemporary dance to audiences worldwide, Dance Heginbotham visited Jakarta, Jailolo of North Maluku, and Yogyakarta March 21 – April 8, 2016 and strengthened the people-to-people relationships between the United States and Indonesia. In Jakarta, Dance Heginbotham held choreography composition classes, dance workshops, and a ...
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On April 5, Ambassador Blake hosted at @america an event to honor East Bali Cashews as the recipient of the 2015 Secretary’s Award for Corporate Excellence in the category of Small and Medium enterprises.   East Bali Cashews was founded by American social entrepreneur Aaron Fishman in 2012 and now employees about 350 villagers in ...
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FACT SHEET: Eliminating All Highly Enriched Uranium from Indonesia

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SECRETARY KERRY:  Good morning, everybody, and welcome.  And Cathy, thank you so much for the spectacular job that you are doing.  I can’t think of anybody better suited to work on the State Department’s top priorities, and Cathy is really offering extraordinary leadership, encouraging every embassy, every consulate, every bureau, every Foreign Service and civil ...
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JAKARTA – On World Tuberculosis Day (March 24, 2016), U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake launched a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) video at @america, encouraging Indonesians to get tested and treated for tuberculosis (TB) if they have a persistent cough. The video prominently features Indonesian rock band Slank who gave a surprise performance at the @america ...
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The United States Condemns the Terrorist Attacks in Brussels, Belgium

John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC Today’s abhorrent attacks in Brussels are an assault against the Belgian people and the very heart of Europe. Our thoughts are with all those in Brussels, including the injured and the loved ones of those who were killed, and with the first responders and security personnel who are ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Sixth Ministerial Conference of the Bali Process, Bali Distinguished Delegates, On behalf of the United States, I would like to thank our Co-Chairs, Indonesia and Australia, for organizing this Sixth Ministerial Conference of the Bali Process and complement our hosts on providing us with a forum for a truly substantive ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Avoid Demonstrations and Taking Taxis in Jakarta

This emergency message is being issued to advise all U.S. citizens in Jakarta to avoid taking any taxi service or public transportation, and avoid the demonstration areas until the situation becomes clearer.  The Embassy has received reports that several U.S. citizens have been forced to exit Blue Bird taxis after being confronted by taxi drivers ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Avoid Demonstrations and Taking Taxis in Jakarta

This emergency message is being issued to advise all U.S. citizens in Jakarta to avoid taking any taxi service or public transportation, and avoid the demonstration areas until the situation becomes clearer.  The Embassy has received reports that several U.S. citizens have been forced to exit Blue Bird taxis after being confronted by taxi drivers ...
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East Java Governor’s Office, Surabaya

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at East Java Governor’s Office, Surabaya Governor  Soewarko and distinguished delegates, I am delightful to be here in East Java with a delegation of US businesses.  This is the 6th of these that I have led.  We have also had the opportunity to have delegations visit Medan, Balikpapan, Batam, Jogjakarta, and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at “Experiencing Islam in America: Women” at @america, Jakarta Welcome to @america.  I want to thank our distinguished speakers for being here today: The Executive Director of the Habibie Center, Rahimah Abdulrahim, Vice Rector of Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University and OIC Human Rights Commission head Siti Ruhaini Dzuhayatin and author ...
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United States Embassy Statement on the Presence of Omar al-Bashir at the OIC Summit

The United States is concerned over Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s travel to Indonesia for the OIC summit. President Bashir has been charged by the International Criminal Court (ICC) with war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, and warrants for his arrest remain outstanding. While the United States is not a party to the Rome Statute, ...
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Inaugural Workshop on the Fire Free Village, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Inaugural Workshop on the Fire Free Village, Jakarta Special Envoy Witoelar;  President Director Bayu Krisnamurthi Pak Anderson Tanoto; Pak Tony Wenas Conference participants I am honored to join this inaugural workshop on the Fire Free Village model. A problem as big as forest and land fires requires solutions from all ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador Robert O. Blake on the Supreme Court Verdict

We are shocked and disappointed by the decision announced by the Supreme Court to sentence two international school teachers. In August 2015, the Indonesian High Court found that there was not sufficient evidence to support the teachers’ conviction. It is not clear what evidence the Supreme Court used to overturn the High Court’s decision. The ...
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President Obama on Plan to Close the Prison at Guantanamo Bay

Remarks by President Obama on Plan to Close the Prison at Guantanamo Bay Roosevelt Room 10:30 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  In our fight against terrorists like al Qaeda and ISIL, we are using every element of our national power — our military; intelligence; diplomacy; homeland security; law enforcement, federal, state and local; ...
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USAID Scholarship Program for Advanced Degrees Now Accepting Applications

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) PRESTASI scholarship program is now accepting applications from Indonesian public servants and other accomplished professionals interested in attaining postgraduate degrees in the United States or Indonesia. Scholarship opportunities are available for Indonesians interested in pursuing degrees in the fields of public policy, economics, political science, public administration, environment, ...
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EducationUSA Fair, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at EducationUSA Fair, Jakarta Good afternoon. It is my great pleasure to be here today to open the first of three EducationUSA Indonesia Fairs, which is part of the larger EducationUSA Fair tour through Southeast Asia. Tomorrow the fair will continue to Surabaya and then to Medan on Thursday.  I am ...
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United States Announces New Sustainable Energy Prize for Women Scientists

The United States announced today the second annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women supported by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the U.S. Mission to ASEAN and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with UL. By 2035, ASEAN’s energy needs are projected to more than double to meet the region’s targeted ...
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From February 16-17, 2016, Ambassador Blake visited Pontianak, West Kalimantan and participated in a variety of events with local government, students, and members of civil society. Shortly after arriving in town on February 16, the Ambassador had lunch with local members of USG-funded exchange programs, then traveled to UNTAN where he visited the American Corner ...
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Joint Statement of the U.S.-ASEAN Special Leaders’ Summit: Sunnylands Declaration

Sunnylands, California February 15-16, 2016 We the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States of America gathered in Sunnylands, California, on February 15-16, 2016, for a Special Leaders Summit.  This Special U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Summit was the first ever to be held in the ...
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President Obama at U.S.-ASEAN Summit Press Conference

Remarks by President Obama at U.S.-ASEAN Summit Press Conference Sunnylands Center The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands Rancho Mirage, California 1:52 P.M. PST PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Let me begin by thanking the Annenberg Foundation Trust, and everyone here at beautiful Sunnylands and the people of Rancho Mirage for their incredible hospitality these past two ...
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The 4th Anniversary of American Corner at University of Tanjungpura, West Kalimantan

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the 4th Anniversary of American Corner at University of Tanjungpura, West Kalimantan Rector Thamrin Usman, Governor Cornelis, vice rectors, faculty, government leaders, students, and friends. I am delighted to join you today to open the “Kampung America-Indonesia” event in order to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the American Corner at ...
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Preview of the 2016 U.S.-ASEAN Summit in Sunnylands

Daniel R. Russel Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Washington, DC 2:30 P.M. EDT THE WASHINGTON FOREIGN PRESS CENTER, WASHINGTON, D.C. MODERATOR: Okay, good afternoon and welcome back to the Foreign Press Center. Very pleased today to host a preview of the U.S.-ASEAN Summit coming up, and I’m very pleased to introduce our two ...
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President at Islamic Society of Baltimore

Remarks by the President at Islamic Society of Baltimore Baltimore, Maryland 1:04 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Well, good afternoon.  And, Sabah, thank you for the wonderful introduction and for your example — your devotion to your faith and your education, and your service to others.  You’re an inspiration.  You’re going to be a fantastic doctor.  And ...
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U.S. Ambassador Announces New Support for Indonesia’s Climate Change Goals

Today at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry-sponsored “Climate Festival” U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake expressed his government’s strong support for Indonesia’s climate change goals and announced two new projects aimed at bolstering the work of the newly formed Peatland Restoration Agency. The two projects, funded under the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Compact with Indonesia, will help ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry on the Syria Negotiations

John Kerry Secretary of State State Department Washington, DC SECRETARY KERRY: For almost five years, the world has watched in horror as Syria has disintegrated into a brutal conflict, killing hundreds of thousands and displacing millions both within and outside the country. Syria today is an unfolding humanitarian catastrophe, unmatched since World War II. In recent ...
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Panel Discussion “What’s Next After Paris Agreement”, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake for Panel Discussion “What’s Next After Paris Agreement”, Jakarta Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar and other distinguished guests I appreciate the opportunity to share our perspective on the Paris Agreement and what comes next. Assessing the Paris Agreement The U.S. enthusiastically welcomed the Paris Agreement, which was a very high priority for ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Continued Security Awareness

Following the terrorist attack in Jakarta on January 14, 2016, the U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Indonesia to exercise a high degree of caution because of the ongoing threat of extremist violence  throughout Indonesia.  We advise U.S. citizens to remain aware of their surroundings at popular tourist ...
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Journalism Workshop in Ambon: Promoting Understanding of Gender Issues Through the Media

From January 25-26, 14 journalists and six activists from Ambon participated in the U.S. Embassy-sponsored “Journalist Empowerment Workshop: Gender Issues in Eastern Indonesia”.  Participants further developed their understanding of gender issues, received instruction on how to report and write more comparative and constructive articles about gender-sensitive issues, and analyzed issues and discussed ways to promote ...
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Finalists for the 2015 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs is pleased to announce ten finalists for the 2015 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). The Secretary of State has awarded the ACE each year since 1999, in order to recognize American companies that are leaders in responsible business conduct worldwide. Each ...
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Raising Awareness of the Shared Challenge of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing

On January 27, Ambassador Blake hosted an event at @america to showcase efforts to combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, highlighting U.S.-Indonesia cooperation on this important shared challenge.  Achmad Santosa, the Head of the IUU Task Force, delivered a presentation outlining the Indonesian Government’s efforts to confront this issue.  Shinto Nugroho from Google Indonesia ...
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Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, @America, Jakarta

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U.S. Ambassador’s Visit to North Maluku and Papua Focuses on Environmental Preservation, Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Farming

U.S. Ambassador Robert O. Blake visited Papua and the North Maluku during the week of January 18th making stops in Ternate, Manokwari, Nabire and Jayapura.  The primary purpose of the trip was to visit USAID programs aimed at reducing poverty and protecting the environment in the region through the promotion of sustainable farming methods, the ...
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Ambassador Blake’s Travel to North Maluku and Papua

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Ormu Village Lestari Project, Papua

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Ormu Village Lestari Project, Papua Pak Basah Hernowo, BAPPENAS, Gustavo Toto, Ondoafi (Head) of Ormu Necheibe village, Daniel Toto, Northern Cyclops Head of Customary Community (Dewan Suku Adat), Mathius Awaitauw SE, M.Si., Bupati of Jayapura District, Jan Jap L. Ormuseray, SH. M.Si, Head of the Department of Forestry, Papua Province, ...
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The Launch of USAID Lestari Forestry Project, Papua

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Launch of USAID Lestari Forestry Project, Papua Governor Enembe Ir. Basah Hernowo, Bappenas Senior staff and leadership of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Papua provincial government officials Distinguished guests Good afternoon and thank you for this opportunity to join you today. It is my honor to participate in ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Terrorist Attack in Jakarta (01/15/16)

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack today in Jakarta, Indonesia that killed and wounded several–including law enforcement officers.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims of this heinous attack. The United States is strongly committed to our strategic partnership with Indonesia and will stand ...
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Clarification of Issuance of Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

Following the heinous attack that took place today in Jakarta, the U.S. Embassy issued two Emergency Notifications for American Citizens living in Indonesia. These e-mails were sent from an emergency response network with a Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) + 7 time stamp. The e-mails, sent at 11:44WIB and 12:36WIB respectively, were sent to registered American ...
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U.S. Condemns Terror Attack in Jakarta

The United States strongly condemns today’s heinous attack on Indonesian police, citizens and foreigners.  We extend our condolences to the families of those killed, and wish a quick and full recovery to those injured. We stand in solidarity with our Indonesian partners and reaffirm our determination to continue to work with the government to combat ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Terrorist Attack in Central Jakarta

On the morning of January 14, there were a number of explosions and gunfire at the intersection near the Sarinah Plaza on Jalan Thamrin, Central Jakarta.  A number of deaths and injuries have been reported, including four suspected perpetrators of the attack.  Indonesian authorities are pursuing the remaining suspects.  Further incidents are possible.  As the ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens #2: Shelter in Place, Jakarta Explosions

This emergency message is being issued to advise all U.S. citizens in Jakarta to shelter in place and monitor local and international media until the situation becomes clearer. Media report that there may be explosions in other parts of city and that the original gunmen may have escaped. For further information about security in Indonesia: ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Avoid Area Around Sari Pan Pacific Hotel and Sarinah Plaza on Jalan Sudirman Thamrin, Jakarta

This emergency message is being issued to advise all U.S. citizens to avoid the area around Sari Pan Pacific Hotel and Sarinah Plaza on Jalan Sudirman Thamrin, in downtown Jakarta. Preliminary reports indicate an explosion and gunfire has occurred in the general vicinity and situation continues to unfold. For further information about security in Indonesia: ...
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U.S.-Indonesia Deaf Youth Leadership Exchange Participants Come to Jakarta

Over tea at the Ambassador’s Residence on January 4, Deputy Chief of Mission Brian McFeeters welcomed 10 young deaf Americans and their eight Indonesian counterparts participating in the first deaf exchange conducted by Embassy Jakarta.  The Deputy Chief of Mission acknowledged that these 10 prominent and successful Americans, including a lawyer, a doctor, a professional ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the U.S.- ASEAN Summit

As the President announced in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last month, he will host leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations next year. The summit will take place at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California on February 15-16, 2016.  This unprecedented gathering – the first hosted by the United States with the ASEAN leaders — builds on ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential Security Threat in Lombok

The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta informs U.S. citizens of potential security threats at popular tourist beaches on Lombok, such as Senggigi Beach, surrounding the New Year’s celebrations. As stated in the latest Worldwide Travel Alert, U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places and using transportation, and avoid large crowds and crowded places. The ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry: Marking the Tenth Anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami

I’ll never forget hearing the news of the tsunami that struck in the Indian Ocean 10 years ago.  The images were gut-wrenching: entire towns razed from Indonesia to Somalia; raging waters sweeping away people’s homes; hundreds of thousands killed and many more separated from their families. Today of all days, we pause to remember those ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Air Quality Index Data for Jakarta

Starting December 21, 2015, the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta will begin publishing Air Quality Index (AQI) data collected by air quality monitors that are installed at two locations in Jakarta.  The data will be published on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (U.S. EPA)  AirNow international air quality website,  http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.global_summary , and available to the public through ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Awareness During the Holiday Season

This security message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens traveling to, or residing in Indonesia that further to the  Worldwide Travel Alert  published on November 23, 2015, we advise U.S. Citizens to exercise a high degree of caution when traveling in Indonesia during the Christmas and New Year holidays due to continued threats from extremists to conduct ...
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IPMI Graduation, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the IPMI Graduation, Jakarta Thank you for that kind introduction.  I would also like to say thank you to my friend Jimmy Gani, Executive Director and CEO of this institution, and Dean of the Business School, Professor Roy Sembel for the invitation to speak here today. To the graduates — Congratulations to ...
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Announcement of $250 Million USAID Environment Program, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Announcement of $250 Million USAID Environment Program, Jakarta Good afternoon and thank you for taking the time to learn more about the U.S. Government’s new efforts to support Indonesia’s rich and diverse natural environment. Many of you have reported on the U.S. Government’s huge investments in Indonesia’s environment sector through ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Criminal Assault in Lombok

The U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya would like to inform U.S. citizens traveling to, and residing in Indonesia of a violent criminal assault that occurred in Lombok on December 2, 2015.  During daylight hours, two U.S. citizens encountered a makeshift roadblock on a dirt road near the town of Selong Belanak, in southern Lombok.  When ...
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Caribou Coffee Opens 1st Store in Indonesia

On the afternoon of December 8th, U.S. Ambassador Blake attended the Grand Opening of Caribou Coffee’s first store in Indonesia and in Southeast Asia. Ambassador Blake delivered opening remarks and, together with Caribou CEO Mike Tatterfield and Mahadya Group COO Mehdi Zaidi, cut the ribbon which launched Caribou’s business in the region. Based in Minnesota ...
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Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia Panel on Syria Crisis Features Diversity of Voices

Ambassador Blake delivered remarks to over 200 students and members of the press at a Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) event on December 8 along with the French and Russian Ambassadors to Indonesia and the Indonesia’s Head of the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT).  The Ambassador discussed how the United States is working with the ...
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FPCI’s Panel “Syria: A Multilateral Approach”, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the FPCI’s Panel “Syria: A Multilateral Approach”, Jakarta Thanks to Ambassador Djalal, Pak Heru and the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia for organizing today’s event focused on one of the very highest priorities facing the international community, namely ending the Syria conflict and eliminating the threat to all of us ...
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English Access Microscholarship Graduation, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the English Access Microscholarship Graduation, Jakarta Selamat siang!  Good morning!  Today I have the pleasure of congratulating you, 122 Access graduates, here in Jakarta. We have many people to thank.  First the teachers and staff of the Center for Civic Education in Indonesia for their dedication to helping you reach ...
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Talking Education & Trade on Campus in Bandung

On December 3, 2015 Ambassador Blake spoke at the State Islamic University (UIN) of Sunan Gunung Djati in Bandung to 250 students from across disciplines, with the majority from the Faculty of Sharia and Law. His remarks focused on the importance of trade, TPP, studying in the U.S. and concluded by promoting YSEALI. Local media ...
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Studium Generale UIN, Bandung

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at UIN, Bandung UIN Rector Dr. Mahmud, faculty, students, ladies and gentlemen, Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be here at this wonderful institution. I want to thank the UIN leadership for this valuable opportunity to speak on two subjects of great importance, how trade can help Indonesia meet ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Discontinuation of Additional Pages to U.S. Passports

The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya inform U.S. citizens that: After December 31, 2015, the Department of State will no longer add extra visa pages to U.S. passports. U.S. citizens applying for passports outside of the United States will receive 52-page passport books. The 52-page passport book will cost the ...
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Marine Pollution, @America, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake on Marine Pollution, @America, Jakarta Pak Veriady from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry; Dr. Nasirin, Jakarta Fisheries University; Ms. Delphine Robbe, Gili EcoTrust; Ms. Ni Wayan Riawati, Bali Watu Foundation, Our MC Ms. Dila Karinta, Miss Scuba Indonesia 2015 Runner Up. Welcome to @america to a really exciting program on ...
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Marking 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

On December 1 at @america, Ambassador Blake gave opening remarks at an event marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence (GBV). Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, Yohanna Yembise, joined the Ambassador in urging the enthusiastic audience of over 150 to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Labor Demonstrations in Indonesia

The U.S. Embassy has received information regarding upcoming planned local labor demonstrations today, November 25, 2015, which are part of a series of protests nationwide this week. In downtown Jakarta, there are several small to mid-sized groups, total number estimated from 900-1100 people, holding demonstrations around the National Monument (Monas) and State Palace area.  There ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Travel Alert

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats.  Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both ...
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Room to Read Literacy Event, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Room to Read Literacy Event, Jakarta Selamat pagi, good morning!  I am delighted to be here with you to launch the Jakarta Literacy Forum, hosted by an organization with which I have been proud to have a long and fond history, Room to Read. I first came into contact ...
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Wind Power Forum, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Wind Power Forum, Jakarta Director General for New and Renewable Energy Rida Mulyana, UNDP Country Head Christophe Bahuet, Chairman of BPPT Unggul Priyanto, I am delighted to be here at this important event.  A special thanks to the Forum organizer National Project Director WHyPGen Andhika Prastawa. With the Paris ...
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New U.S. – Indonesia Partnership to Manage and Protect Forests

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Center for International Forestry (CIFOR) have launched a partnership to address critical environmental issues in Indonesia concerning forestry management and biodiversity protection. The partnership will include collaborative research and providing scholarships for emerging Indonesian leaders to attend U.S. universities. The ...
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Furthering Information & Communication Technology between the United States and Indonesia

On Friday, November 13, U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake, Jr.joined Minister of Communications and Information Technology Rudiantara to witness the US-ASEAN Business Council’s signing of an MOU with the Indonesian Telecommunications Association (MASTEL) to cooperate on Information & Communication Technology (ICT) sector issues.The two organizations will partner on industry events, policy coordination, and share ...
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USABC Mastel MOU Signing, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake on USABC Mastel MOU Signing, Jakarta Pleasure to be here today with Minister Rudiantara, Alex Feldman, and Pak Kristiono to witness this new partnership between US-ASEAN Business Council and Mastel. 11 days ago President Obama and President Jokowi elevated our relations to a strategic partnership, President Jokowi announced Indonesia’s intension to ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Promotes US-Indonesia Education Cooperation

On November 6th at Atma Jaya Catholic University, Deputy Chief of Mission Brian McFeeters described many of the ways that Indonesian universities can work with the U.S. Embassy to promote education domestically, and also outlined opportunities to study in the United States. He introduced Embassy resources including EducationUSA, American Corners, English Language Fellows, the English ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Promotes US-Indonesia Education Cooperation

On November 6th at Atma Jaya Catholic University, Deputy Chief of Mission Brian McFeeters described many of the ways that Indonesian universities can work with the U.S. Embassy to promote education domestically, and also outlined opportunities to study in the United States. He introduced Embassy resources including EducationUSA, American Corners, English Language Fellows, the English ...
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US Announces New Round of Research Grant

The U.S Agency for International Development will offer funding through its Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program for Indonesian scientists to conduct research on climate change, education and wildlife trafficking.  Applications are now open, and proposals are due January 15, 2016. PEER is a competitive awards program that invites scientists in developing countries ...
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COP 21

Climate Change and President Obama’s Action Plan United States President Barack Obama will welcome Indonesian President Joko Widido (Jokowi) to the White House on October 26 to deepen and expand the partnership between our two countries.  The common values and interests that the United States and Indonesia share are an integral part of America’s commitment ...
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President Obama Welcomes President Jokowi to White House

United States Furthers Commitment to Asia-Pacific Region: President Obama Welcomes President Jokowi to White House United States President Barack Obama will welcome Indonesian President Joko Widido (Jokowi) to the White House on October 26 to deepen and expand the partnership between our two countries.  The common values and interests that the United States and Indonesia ...
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Elevating the US-Indonesia Strategic Partnership, Hawaii

Remarks by Ambassador Blake on Elevating the US-Indonesia Strategic Partnership, Hawaii Many thanks for hosting me today. It is wonderful to be back in beautiful Hawaii and to have a chance to speak about the progress of U.S.-Indonesian relations following President Jokowi’s visit to Washington and meeting with President Obama earlier this week. To set ...
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Well Beyond Trade

Earlier this year, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said, “The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is as important to me as another aircraft carrier.”  What does an economic agreement have in common with a naval vessel? They are both tools of diplomacy. To our friends in the Asia-Pacific region, a visit by the USS Ronald Reagan is ...
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Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin Travels to Indonesia

Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles H. Rivkin will travel to Indonesia November 2-8 to meet with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Indonesian officials and advance Department objectives in entrepreneurship, investment, and innovation. In Jakarta, Indonesia, November 3-5, Assistant Secretary Rivkin will meet with government officials, business leaders, ...
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Readout of Secretary Carter’s Meeting with Indonesian Minister of Defense Ryamizard Ryacudu

For Immediate Release October 26, 2015  Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following statement: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter hosted Indonesian Minister of Defense Ryamizard Ryacudu this morning at the Pentagon to discuss ways to strengthen the bilateral defense relationship between the two countries. They discussed the regional security environment as well as opportunities ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Indonesian President Widodo

Vice President Biden hosted Indonesian President Joko Widodo for a lunch meeting today at the Naval Observatory.  The Vice President and President Widodo exchanged views on respective political, economic, and foreign policy issues of mutual interest.   The Vice President thanked President Widodo for his focus on elevating engagement through the U.S.-Indonesia strategic partnership.  The Vice President ...
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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews and Indonesian President Joko Widodo Recognize New U.S.-Indonesian Business Deals and Commitments Wort

WASHINGTON – U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews and Indonesian President Joko Widodo attended a ceremony today to recognize new business deals and commitments worth more than $20 billion between U.S. and Indonesian companies. A number of these projects will help more people benefit from clean electricity, while others will support transportation infrastructure and ...
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United States Partners with Indonesia to Address Forest Fires and Haze

U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake, Jr. announced that the United States will contribute an initial $2.75 million USD in assistance to support Indonesian efforts to address the effects of the forest fires and haze.  Ambassador Blake noted: “This assistance is part of the United States’ wider effort to support Indonesian activities to suppress ...
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Joint Statement by the United States of America and the Republic of Indonesia

At the invitation of President Barack Obama of the United States of America, His Excellency Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, visited the United States in October 2015. On this occasion, President Barack Obama and President Joko Widodo held a meeting at the White House on October 26, 2015, and adopted this Joint ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President Widodo of the Republic of Indonesia After Bilateral Meeting

Oval Office 3:55 P.M. EDT   PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Selamat siang. It is a great pleasure to welcome President Widodo to the Oval Office, along with his delegation.  And it is a useful occasion for us to emphasize the strength of the bilateral relationship between two of the world’s largest democracies. Obviously I ...
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Opening Ceremony of Judicial Cooperation Event, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Opening Ceremony of Judicial Cooperation Event, Jakarta Selamat pagi.  Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen. I would like to thank Chief Justice Hatta Ali and Associate Justice Takdir Rahmadi who have kindly invited me to attend this important event this morning. I would also like to acknowledge and welcome the ...
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Saving Our Oceans: U.S. & Indonesia Partner to Combat IUU, Preserve Marine Biodiversity

At the 2015 Our Ocean Conference in Valparaiso, Chile, October 5-6, participants committed to over 80 new initiatives on marine conservation and protection valued at more than $2.1 billion, as well as new commitments on the protection of more than 1.9 million square kilometers (nearly 735,000 square miles) of the ocean.   The United States’ initiatives ...
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Our Ocean 2015 Conference Results

Participants in the second Our Ocean conference, held October 5-6 in Valparaiso, Chile, announced over 80 new initiatives on marine conservation and protection valued at more than $2.1 billion, as well as new commitments on the protection of more than 1.9 million square kilometers (nearly 735,000 square miles) of the ocean. The complete summary of ...
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Lockheed Martin F-16V Event, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Lockheed Martin F-16V Event, Jakarta Good afternoon everyone. Thanks to Lockheed Martin for the invitation to attend this event today to demonstrate the F-16 cockpit simulator The U.S. and Indonesia have a strong and growing partnership that the visit of President Jokowi to Washington will clearly demonstrate. One pillar ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Study in the U.S. with LPDP Presentation at @america, Jakarta

Good evening. Selamat malam.  Welcome to @America! I am pleased to see so many enthusiastic potential graduate students who are interested in studying in the United States.  Thank you for spending your evening to learn more about our universities. Pak Eko, from LPDP, thank you for being here.  LPDP is a valued partner in our ...
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Trans-Pacific Partnership Ministers’ Statement

We, the trade ministers of Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam, are pleased to announce that we have successfully concluded the Trans-Pacific Partnership. After more than five years of intensive negotiations, we have come to an agreement that will support jobs, drive sustainable growth, foster ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Successful Conclusion of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Negotiations

With today’s successful conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, the United States and 11 other nations have taken a critical step forward in strengthening our economic ties and deepening our strategic relationships in the Asia-Pacific region. This historic agreement links together countries that represent nearly 40 percent of global GDP.  The TPP will spur economic ...
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Press Statement by Secretary Kerry on On Eid al-Adha

Teresa and I extend our best wishes to Muslims around the world for a blessed Eid al-Adha. We congratulate the nearly three million Muslims – including thousands of Americans – who are performing Hajj this year in fulfillment of one of the fundamental pillars of their faith. Eid al-Adha is a special time when Muslims ...
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United States Announces Launch of Global Innovation Competition

Today the United States announced the launch of the third annual Making All Voices Count Global Innovation Competition (GIC 2016). Submit your idea for a project that uses technology – of any sort – to improve the relationship between government and citizens in 12 countries, including Indonesia.  Ideas must tackle one of the following themes: ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the MOU Signing Between USAID and Perkumpulan Sawit Lestari (PSL), Jakarta

Ms. Shinta Kamdani of KADIN, Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Representatives of the IPOP Signatories, Distinguished Guests, I am delighted to be here today to witness this signing between PSL and USAID. The signing of the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge at the United Nations Climate Summit in September 2014 represented a significant private ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Signing of MOU to Open the Aceh EducationUSA Center at @america, Jakarta

Good afternoon, selamat sore everyone, and a special welcome to: Vice Governor Muzakir Manaf, Rector Farid Wadji, Wali Nanggroe, other esteemed guests from Aceh. And the rest of our audience, many of whom I understand are originally from Aceh but are now residing in Jakarta. Today, it’s my pleasure to welcome you to @america for ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake to Open @America Program on Aceh’s Road to Development, Jakarta

Good afternoon, selamat sore everyone, and a special welcome to: My good friend Wali Nannggroe Malik Mahmud Aceh’s Development Planning Agency (BAPPEDA) Head Abubakar Karim Greenomics Aceh Coordinator Elfian Effendi Other panelists, ladies and gentlemen. I’m happy to be here this afternoon for this important discussion of how to balance forest protection in Aceh while ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Joko Widodo of Indonesia

President Obama will welcome President Joko Widodo of Indonesia to the White House on October 26.  President Widodo will make his first visit to the United States since becoming President of Indonesia.  The President looks forward to charting with President Widodo a new phase for the U.S.-Indonesian partnership.  As leaders of two of the largest ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Impacts of Air Pollution in Indonesia

Haze in Sumatra and Kalimantan This message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing in, or traveling to Indonesia that increased levels of particulate air pollution, primarily due to fires in parts of Indonesia, have caused health impacts and travel disruptions in parts of Sumatra and Kalimantan. The air pollution standard index in these ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia Conference on Climate Change, Jakarta

Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Climate Envoy Rachmat Witoelar, Climate Change Steering Committee Chair Pak Sarwonon Kusumaatmadja, fellow Ambassadors, Pak Dino Patti Djalal, distinguished guests, I appreciate the opportunity to address this gathering on the importance of acting on climate change.  I thank the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia for organizing this ...
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Ambassador Blake’s Travel to Ambon

During a September 6-7, 2015 visit, Ambassador Blake witnessed Ambon City mark its 440th anniversary with songs, jet flyovers, and a world record-setting potluck lunch for city residents. During his visit the Ambassador and Surabaya Consul General Variava joined the Maluku Governor, Vice Governor, and other religious leaders to celebrate the Maluku Protestant Church’s 80th ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at UNPATTI, Ambon

Distinguished delegates, representatives, and students – thank you for inviting me to Universitas Pattimura today. One of our most important objectives all over Indonesia is to expand our education cooperation by encouraging more Indonesian students to study in the U.S., urging more Americans to come here, and helping to catalyze partnerships between U.S. and Indonesian ...
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Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the International Visitor Leadership Program

Embassy Jakarta’s Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) and Public Affairs Officer (PAO)—both on return tours to Indonesia – gave opening remarks to approximately 70 International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumni at @america, some of whom were old friends of both the DCM and PAO from previous assignments in Indonesia.  They spoke to the important role ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Launch of the U.S Power Working Group to Support Indonesia’s 35 GW Power Generation Goals, Jakarta

PLN President Director Basir ESDM Minister Sudirman Said Representatives of American companies, Ladies and gentlemen, good morning.  Let me add my own warm words of welcome to all of you to today’s workshop. Let me first thank Minister Said and PLN Director Basir for their leadership and their presence here today.  Let me also welcome ...
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U.S. Power Working Group for Indonesia Kicks Off

On September 2, U.S. Embassy Jakarta organized the official launch event for the U.S. Power Working Group for Indonesia (PWG).  In his opening remarks Ambassador Blake expressed U.S. government and industry’s strong support for the Jokowi Administration’s 35,000 MW development program. During the launch, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Said and Ambassador Blake signed ...
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GLACIER Conference, Anchorage, AK

Remarks by the President at the GLACIER Conference, Anchorage, AK 5:00 P.M. AKDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  (Applause.) It is wonderful to be here in the great state of Alaska.  (Applause.) I want to thank Secretary Kerry and members of my administration for your work here today.  Thank you to the ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Coral Triangle Sustainable Marine Tourism Conference, Bali

Welcome Distinguished Ministers, delegates, development partners, and friends – selamat pagi! Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome all of you gathered here today on the beautiful island of Bali to map the future of the Coral Triangle as a sustainable marine tourism destination. This is an endeavor that the United States Government is ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Central Surabaya

The U.S. Consulate has received reports that approximately 10,000 Persebaya Soccer Club members are scheduled to hold a demonstration in Central Surabaya from around 09:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. on August 28 to August 30.  The demonstration is expected to originate at Taman Apsari and continue in the vicinity. The U.S. Consulate would like to ...
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U.S. Congressional Delegation Meets President Jokowi, Urges Stronger Economic Ties

A U.S. Congressional delegation arrived in Indonesia ahead of the 70th Independence celebration and met with President Jokowi on August 15. The U.S. delegation led by Representative Vern Buchanan from Florida, included Representative David Price from North Carolina, Representative Jim McDermott from Washington, Representative Susan Davis from California, Representative Dina Titus from Nevada, and Representative ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the @America International Youth Day Event (08/14/15)

Selamat siang and good afternoon.  On behalf of the U.S. Embassy, welcome to @america. A special welcome to our distinguished guests today: Mr Esa Sukmawijaya, from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Mr. Douglas Broderick, UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Jose Ferraris, UNFPA Representative International Youth Day is a wonderful opportunity for us to recognize the ...
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Ambassador Blake Joins Minister of Education to Solicit Policy Ideas Indonesian Youth

Ambassador Blake and Minister of Education Anies Baswedan opened a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Iintiative (YSEALI) forum on teaching vulnerable youth in unconventional settings on August 12th for an audience of about 75.  These young audience members work in a variety of fields and are dedicated to educating the next generation of Indonesians.  A panel ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the YSEALI “Teaching Vulnerable Youth in Unconventional Settings” Symposium

Selamat pagi!  I appreciate very much this opportunity to speak to all of you today on the importance of teaching vulnerable youth in unconventional settings. I want to extend a warm welcome to Minister of Education Anies Baswedan. Anies brings a unique combination of knowledge, experience, and passion to his Ministry, one of the most ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Solidarity Center Conference, Bogor

Distinguished guests, I am delighted to have the opportunity to address this distinguished audience on a subject of such importance to us all.  Let me thank you for your participation in this very important conference. I would like to thank David Welsh of the Solidarity Center’s Jakarta Office, Solidarity Center Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau and ...
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The United States Engages with Indonesia to Advance Cooperation on Geothermal Energy

On August 6th, the United States and Indonesia conducted a workshop with regulatory, financial, and technical experts, as well as high-level government officials, to advance geothermal development in Indonesia.  The United States and Indonesia agree to increase collaborations and explore opportunities over the coming weeks and months to accelerate private investment in geothermal energy.  The ...
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Friends, Laughter, Memories: V Radio Farewell Interview

In a one hour live radio interview with MNC Group’s V Radio (106.6 FM), Charge d’Affairs Kristen Bauer discussed her experiences and memories during her over five year tenure in Indonesia. Hosted by State Department International Visitor Leadership Program alum Inge Lestari, V Radio’s “Variety and Songs” program has approximately 700,000 listeners and focuses on ...
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Joint Statement by TPP Ministers

Lahaina, Hawaii We, the trade ministers of Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam announce that, after more than a week of productive meetings, we have made significant progress and will continue work on resolving a limited number of remaining issues, paving the way for the ...
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Worldwide Caution – July 30, 2015

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high ...
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Remarks By Secretary Kerry Before Congress on the Iran Agreement

Opening Remarks Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Washington, DC July 23, 2015 Well, thank you, Mr. Chairman and Ranking Member Cardin, members of the committee and friends and former colleagues. We really do the appreciate the chance to discuss with you the comprehensive plan that we and our P5+1 partners have developed with Iran ...
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