Office of the Spokesperson
December 13, 2021
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo today in Jakarta. Secretary Blinken and President Jokowi emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership and discussed ways to strengthen the bilateral relationship. The Secretary congratulated the President on Indonesia’s G20 presidency and expressed support for Indonesia’s leadership in the Indo-Pacific as the world’s third-largest democracy and a strong proponent of the rules-based international order. The Secretary reiterated the U.S. commitment to ASEAN centrality and our support for the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific. They also discussed bilateral and regional cooperation to address challenges to democracy and human rights, as well as the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.