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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ambassador Donovan’s Travel to Surakarta (Solo), Central Java

From January 18-19, Ambassador Donovan visited Surakarta (Solo). During his visit, he met with the Mayor of Solo, F.X. Hadi Rudyatmo, addressed students and teachers at Pesantren (Islamic boarding school) Modern As-Salam, visited a USAID-supported spice processing facility, and met with a recently returned intergovernmental IVLP group working on solid waste management, and was given ...
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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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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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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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Ambassador Blake’s Travel to Pontianak, West Kalimantan

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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Ambassador Blake’s Travel to North Maluku and Papua

U.S. Ambassador Robert O. Blake visited Papua and the North Maluku during the week of January 18-23, 2016 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, ...
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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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Ambassador Blake’s Travel to Aceh

On June 2, 2015, Anne C. Richard, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, and Ambassador Blake traveled to Aceh to meet fishermen who rescued Rohingya refugees after their boat sank off the coast of Aceh. They also spoke to media from ‎Kuala Cangkoi (TPI Lapang camp): “This is my second ...
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Ambassador Blake’s Travel to Surakarta

During a March 17, 2015 visit to Solo, Ambassador Blake participated in a series of meetings on the themes of waste management, tourism promotion, Muslim issues, and inter-religious relations. The Ambassador met with Sumarto Hadinoto, a well-known Chinese-Indonesian entrepreneur and humanitarian who is deeply involved in disaster relief. He then met with the Mayor of ...
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Ambassador Blake’s Travel to Lombok

During a March 5, 2015 trip to Lombok, Ambassador Blake attended multiple events focused on the environment – specifically waterways pollution and mangrove protection – and met with representatives of the provincial and local government. Accompanied by West Nusa Tenggara Governor Zainul Majdi and Consul General Monserrate, his first stop was a visit to the ...
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Ambassador Blake’s Travel to Central Kalimantan

On his first trip to Central Kalimantan, Ambassador Blake was greeted by traditional Dayak welcome ceremonies, and met with provincial officials, including the Deputy Governor, as well as with numerous community leaders. On the second day of his trip he also had discussions on forest and peat land conservation and climate change with demang (traditional ...
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Ambassador Blake’s Travel to Batam

Ambassador Blake led a delegation of 11 companies and business associations to the Batam Free Trade Zone during a January 29-30, 2015 visit to Batam. On January 29, the Ambassador and delegates met with the Riau Islands Provincial Governor, Batam Mayor, Batam Indonesia Free Trade Zone Authority (BIFZA) leadership, and local business leaders as part ...
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Ambassador Blake’s Travel to North Sulawesi

Ambassador Blake and staff from the Consulate General in Surabaya met with the Provincial Governor, Manado mayor, and university rectors, and visited the Tasikoki Wildlife Refuge Center during a January 8-9, 2015 visit to North Sulawesi. The Ambassador and Consulate General colleagues spoke about study in the USA and the Young Southeast Asia Leadership Initiative ...
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Ambassador Blake’s Travel to East Java

During a December 10-11, 2014 visit to East Java, Ambassador Blake attended the opening of a new Cargill cocoa processing facility in Gresik, participated in media engagements, and celebrated the legacy of the 4th President of Indonesia, KH. Abdurrahman Wahid or Gus Dur. On December 10, Ambassador Blake accompanied by the US Consul General in ...
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Ambassador Blake’s Travel to Banyuwangi, East Java

From November 20-22, 2014, Ambassador Blake traveled to Banyuwangi in East Java for three days of activities including community events, releasing sea turtle hatchlings into the sea, and celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. During a visit to the indigenous Osing tribe, which embraces a unique blend of Javanese and Hindu heritage, the Ambassador and Consulate staff ...
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Ambassador Blake’s Travel to Yogyakarta

From October 22-24, 2014, Ambassador Blake traveled to Yogyakarta to promote trade and investment opportunities for U.S. businesses in Indonesia and engage w/ young people on education and exchange programs. Ambassador Robert Blake led a U.S. Business Mission of 14 American companies to Jogjakarta on October 22 and 23 which was organized by the U.S. ...
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U.S. Ambassador Highlights Comprehensive Cooperation in Papua and West Papua

Jayapura – From June 8-13, 2014, Ambassador Robert Blake traveled to the provinces of Papua and West Papua to meet with government officials, civil society leaders, alumni of U.S. exchange programs, and visit U.S. government-supported programs that combat HIV/AIDS, support marine biodiversity, and improve health care services.   Ambassador Blake’s six day visit is part ...
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Ambassador Blake’s Travel to Jambi

During his June 4-5, 2014 visit to Jambi Province, Ambassador Blake highlighted clean energy initiatives and opportunities. The visit also highlighted Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and Millennium Challenge Account – Indonesia (MCA-I) Green Prosperity initiatives, which address critical challenges to economic growth while supporting the Government of Indonesia’s commitment to a more sustainable, less carbon-intensive ...
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Ambassador Blake’s Travel to Solo, Central Java

On his first official visit to Solo, Ambassador Blake inaugurated the “Kampung Sanitasi” (Sanitation Village) project, part of USAID’s Indonesia Urban Water and Sanitation and Hygiene (IUWASH) program. Ambassador Blake and Mayor F.X. Hadi Rudyatmo cut the ribbon at a new public toilet and bathing facility and communal sanitation system that will provide access to ...
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Ambassador Blake’s Travel to Balikpapan, East Kalimantan

On his first visit to the island of Kalimantan from April 21-23, 2014, Ambassador Blake led a diverse 10 member U.S. business delegation to Balikpapan for meetings with the Governor of East Kalimantan, the Mayor of Balikpapan, and the local Chamber of Commerce and Young Entrepreneur’s organization. Companies participating in the delegation included Caterpillar, Chevron, ...
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Ambassador Blake Visits Bali

On April 16-17, 2014, Ambassador Blake and Consul General Monserrate traveled to Bali for meetings with government officials, businesses, media, and members of civil society. On April 16, Ambassador Blake and Consul General Monserrate met with Bali vice Governor Ketut Sudikerta, Mayor Rai Mantra, and Badung Regent Gede Agung to discuss good governance and developing ...
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U.S. Ambassador Highlights Science and Technology Cooperation in Bandung, West Java

Bandung — On April 2, 2014, Ambassador Robert Blake traveled to Bandung, West Java to promote the business and education pillars of the U.S. – Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership.  Ambassador Blake’s visit is part of his continuing travel across Indonesia to engage local leaders, businesses, civil society and students to advance cooperation and partnership with the ...
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