On 19 November, the campaign team led by Ambassador Margus Kolga and accompanied by Ms. Mari Tomingas from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs arrived in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta to continue with the introduction of Estonia’s UN Security Council candidature to the countries of South-East Asia.
The delegation met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Ms. Retno Marsudi, and the Chairman of the Foreign, Security and Information Affairs Committee of the Indonesian Parliament, Mr. Abdul Kharis Almasyhari. At both meetings, the enhancement of bilateral relations between Estonia and Indonesia was also discussed, particularly in the area of IT. Estonian diplomacy has long-standing relations with Indonesia. Already from 2006, regular political consultations are held, with last consultations conducted in August 2018 in Tallinn.
At the meeting in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, the Estonian delegation provided an overview of Estonia’s key campaign elements, the objectives for Security Council non-permanent membership and progress of the campaign to date. Indonesia was elected to the United Nations Security Council non-permanent seat in June this year for the period 2019-20.
Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Ms. Marsudi indicated that their experience demonstrated that a campaign has to be conducted until the election day, and it is important that the political leadership of the country is actively engaged. Regular communication and understanding the other countries’ interests is the key, whereas different interests do not necessarily mean contradicting interests.
The discussions with the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee focused on prevention and mitigation of conflicts, as well as the necessity for the United Nations and the Security Council in particular to pay greater attention to it in their actions. Prevention requires political will and readiness, while it saves resources and more importantly people’s lives. At both meetings the Palestinian issue and the framework of Middle East relations was raised, with the Estonian delegation confirming Estonia’s support for the two-state solution.