Minister Wiranto Invited Solomon Islands Delegation to Visit Papua

Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto conveyed that there is a lot of information about Indonesia, especially related to Papua and West Papua which has been deviated or not in accordance with reality. He added that information about Indonesia colonizing West Papua, and that there is still war ongoing that takes casualties in Papua and West Papua is not true.

The Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs received a visit from Solomon Island delegation at the office of Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Jakarta, on Monday (23/4/2018). In the meeting, the Minister also said that the Indonesian government invited the Pacific countries to see and witness the conditions in Papua.

“I invite my friends from Solomon to come to Indonesia, see Jakarta, see Papua and West Papua, and talk to the people in Papua. We ask that (because) what they hear before coming to Indonesia is not true. This is our way of convincing many countries because nowadays, especially with very strong social media influences, (there are) a lot of misinformation,” said Minister Wiranto.

Minister Wiranto also said that he was very sad if the false information related to Papua and West Papua is considered true by the international world. Therefore, such information needs to be proofed otherwise.

“I myself have been to the Pacific, have been to Nauru, met many friends from the Pacific. I have to say, they also believe my story (about Papua), but it will be more believable if they see Indonesia by themself,” he added.

In addition, Chief of Prime Minister Solomon Island Office John Teddie Usuramo said that the visit was expected to build a better relationship between Indonesia and Solomon Island. He also said that by visiting Papua, one can create a common understanding between the two countries.

“There is a lot of information (related to Papua) in the media and social media, maybe some information is not true, then we have to come and see for ourselves, and Indonesia allows us to visit Papua,” said John Teddie.

Also attending the meeting, Ambassador Solomon Island to Indonesia H.E. Salana Kalu, Special Secretary for Foreign Relations of Prime Minister Solomon Island Office Rance Sore , representatives from the Civil Society Organization (CSO), Secretary of Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Lieutenant General Yoedhi Swastono, Deputy for Foreign Policy Lutfi Rauf, Chair of Papua Special Autonomy Desk Andrie TU Soetarno, as well as Papuan figures Nicholas Simeone Messet and Franz Albert Joku.

Source: Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs

Picture: Minister Wiranto Received a Visit from Solomon Islands Delegation (Jakarta, 23/04)

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