Country Risk

Indonesia stresses territorial integrity in new foreign policy

09 January 2015

Key Points

  • Indonesia is taking a firm stance on incursions into its maritime territory, the foreign minister has said
  • Retno Marsudi wants a strong navy as part of the country's 'maritime nation' plans

Indonesia's foreign policy priorities over the next five years will include an emphasis on safeguarding the country's maritime territories, the country's top diplomat has said.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi highlighted the country's new direction during her ministry's annual statement delivered on 8 January. Retno was unveiled as Indonesia's first female foreign minister in October 2014 by President Joko Widodo.

"Indonesian diplomatic policies will be carried out with the purpose of protecting the country's territorial integrity", said Retno.

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