Indonesia-U.S. Discuss Pandemic Handling and Myanmar

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi and United States National Security Advisor (NSA), Jake Sullivan

#COVID-19 Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi and United States National Security Advisor (NSA), Jake Sullivan held a meeting at the White House, Washington DC, United States (US), on Tuesday (2 /8/2021) local time to discuss various strategic issues, such as handling the COVID-19 Like the Delta variant, Lambda and Myanmar.

"My presence in Washington DC is clear evidence of Indonesia's commitment to enhancing the RI-US bilateral relationship," said the Indonesian Foreign Minister as reported by the ministry.go.id page, Tuesday (3/8/2021).

At the meeting, NSA Sullivan delivered an additional commitment of US$30 million to support US cooperation in the form of supplying oxygen equipment, medical devices and medicines.

With this additional support, the total US cooperation since the beginning of the pandemic is US$65 million.

In addition to this support, the US has provided support for dose-sharing cooperation for Moderna vaccines through the Covax Facility, totaling 8,000,160 doses.

 As is known, an additional 3.5 million Moderna vaccines have arrived in Jakarta, Sunday, August 1, 2021.

For this reason, Foreign Minister Retno conveyed her appreciation and appreciation to the US for its support to Indonesia in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, the Indonesian Foreign Minister also discussed the long-term cooperation between Indonesia and the US in the health sector so that national, regional and global capacities are better in dealing with the upcoming pandemic.

"Indonesia expects US support to be able to build Indonesia's capacity in making the latest technological vaccines based on mRNA and therapeutic drugs for infectious diseases," said the Indonesian Foreign Minister. The

Indonesian Foreign Minister and NSA Sullivan also discussed various regional and global issues of mutual concern and interest to the two countries, namely developments in Myanmar, cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, the peace process in Afghanistan and the environment

Regarding developments in Myanmar, NSA Sullivan conveyed US support for the role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including efforts to restore democracy and humanitarian assistance to the people Myanmar in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Theregion.Indonesia

Indonesian Foreign Minister and NSA Sullivan recognize the importance of all parties to be able to continue to contribute to efforts to maintain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific

said that ASEAN is open to concrete cooperation for the implementation of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific, with focus on the four priors itas, namely cooperation in maritime, connectivity, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and investment trade.

Touching on the issue of Afghanistan, both of them are committed to continuing to push for a peace process in Afghanistan that is accepted by all parties and according to the wishes of the Afghan people.

The Indonesian Foreign Minister said that Indonesia would continue its cooperation with Afghanistan, especially in the field of women's empowerment.

Apart from NSA Sullivan, on the same day, Foreign Minister Retno also met with Senator Tammy Duckworth, from Illinois.

Senator Tammy, who has lived in Indonesia for more than seven years, conveyed his commitment to continue to encourage the strengthening of the strategic partnership between Indonesia and the US.

Senator Tammy is one of the people who are pushing for Indonesia-US collaboration efforts in dealing with this pandemic. The two of them also exchanged ideas on the development of regional issues of mutual concern such as Myanmar, Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific.

In addition, Foreign Minister R also met with several pharmaceutical and health industries including Eli Lilly (a drug company); President and CEO of Arcturus (Pharmaceutical engaged in the manufacture of mRNA vaccines) and Baylor College of Medicine (research center for recombinant protein vaccines).

In a meeting with Eli Lilly, the company provided US$51.6 million in medical support for COVID-19.