Statement by Ambassador Donovan on the Visit by the Vice President of the United States Michael R. Pence to Indonesia

U.S. Ambassador Joseph R. Donovan Jr.

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 and exchanges.  During his visit the Vice President will meet with President Jokowi, Vice President Kalla and a number of senior ministers and Indonesian government officials.  Vice President Pence will also meet with senior ASEAN officials and diplomats. He will have the opportunity to learn about Indonesia’s religious diversity and tradition of interfaith tolerance from Indonesian faith leaders.  He will also engage with the Indonesian and American business communities to listen to their concerns and better understand how we can expand and deepen our economic ties.  As the second and third largest democracies in the world, our two countries are natural partners and we share many of the same values as well as a desire to create greater economic opportunity for our citizens.  We hope that the Vice President’s visit will further cement our shared goal of mutual prosperity for the citizens of both countries, and allow us to work in tandem to help ensure a secure and stable Asia-Pacific region.