Reference ID: 07JAKARTA2073    

Created:  2007-08-01 10:45    

Released: 2011-08-30 01:44    

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED    

Origin: Embassy Jakarta


                  

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FM AMEMBASSY JAKARTA

TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5613


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SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR CAMERON R. HUME PRESENTS CREDENTIALS TO

INDONESIAN PRESIDENT YUDHOYONO

 

REF: 07 JAKARTA 2069

 

¶1.  On August 1 Ambassador Hume, along with the new

Ambassadors from Libya, Spain, Sri Lanka, and Argentina,

presented credentials to President Yudhoyono.  In the joint

audience following the ceremony President Yudhoyono described

his goals to be the strengthening of democracy in Indonesia,

the expansion of the economy for the benefit of all

Indonesians, and a positive international role for Indonesia.

 He cited the benefits of cooperation on anti-terrorism, and

he spoke about Indonesia,s desire to play a constructive

role on environmental issues, including the hosting of the

COP-13 Climate Change conference in Bali this December.  His

visit to New York for the UN General Assembly, September

24-25, would include a meeting on environmental issues.

 

¶2.  President Yudhoyono expressed concern that present

difficulties in some parts of the world, such as Iraq, not be

used to stoke religious antagonisms or to justify

intolerance.  He had presided over Iraq,s victory in the

Asian Soccer tournament in Jakarta a few days earlier, and he

hoped that the situation in Iraq was now changing for the

better.  Finally, he urged the new ambassadors to meet not

only with government officials but also with leaders of civil

society and Indonesian businessmen.  Indonesia was undergoing

significant change, and leaders outside the government were

making important contributions.

 

¶3.  In comments addressed to Ambassador Hume, Yudhoyono said

he appreciated Indonesia,s growing partnership with the

United States and looked forward to meeting President Bush

during the APEC Summit in Sydney.   He thanked the Ambassador

for his assistance in resolving the commercial dispute

between Nike and one of its local suppliers (reftel).  Hume

responded that the United States government wanted to build a

stronger relationship with Indonesia and shared the goal of a

well-governed, democratic Indonesia able to provide

opportunities for all of its citizens.

HUME