Jakarta, Indonesianpost.com – Indonesia is ready to engage with the foreign ministers of ASEAN and dialogue partner countries at the 56th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) in Jakarta, which will be held from July 11 to 14, 2023.
“I am very ready to start tomorrow’s meeting,” Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said at the 2023 AMM media center in Jakarta on Monday.
Marsudi will open the plenary session of the AMM on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, which will be preceded by ASEAN foreign ministers’ discussions on the Southeast Asia Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone (SEANWFZ) and a meeting with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).
Indonesia is holding the ASEAN chairmanship this year, which has been themed “ASEAN Matters: Epicenter of Growth” to reflect its focus on strengthening the region’s relevance in responding to regional and global challenges and becoming a center of economic growth.
The AMM retreat will be held on Wednesday, July 12.
On Thursday, July 13, ASEAN foreign ministers will meet with the foreign ministers of dialogue partner countries such as India, New Zealand, Russia, Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
On Friday, July 14, ASEAN foreign ministers will hold a meeting with the United States, and the agenda will continue with the ASEAN Plus Three (APT) meeting.
On the same day, ASEAN foreign ministers will meet with the East Asia Summit (EAS) foreign ministers and attend the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).
Indonesia has received 13 requests for bilateral meetings from partner countries such as New Zealand, China, Timor-Leste, India, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the EU, Marsudi informed.
“However, this is very dynamic as we need to adjust the schedules. Sometimes we do not get to meet, but so far we have received 13 requests for a bilateral meeting,” she said.
On Monday, Retno visited all event locations and the media center set up for the meeting to ensure that all facilities for media coverage of the event were well prepared.
Overall, 29 countries, along with the ASEAN Secretariat and the EU, will attend the 56th AMM in Jakarta.