Yvette Tanamal (The Jakarta Post)
Thu, January 12 2023
Amid the gloomy forecast for 2023, reinforcing ASEAN’s resilience, both politically and economically, will top Indonesia’s priorities, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said in her annual foreign policy speech on Wednesday.
The elephant in the room, the Myanmar coup crisis, featured prominently as Southeast Asia’s biggest economy assumes the chairmanship of the bloc. However, Retno vowed not to let ASEAN dwell on it for too long.
“Amid difficult global challenges, a positive outlook, cooperation and optimism are even more necessary. […] The history and story of ASEAN have always been related to the economy,” she proclaimed at the event in Jakarta.
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