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House supports govt’s plan to open new embassies abroad

Dicky Christanto, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Mon, 01/10/2011 6:27 PM | World A | A | A |

 

Indonesian House of Representatives speaker Marzuki Alie said the House supported the government’s plan to open new embassies in 21 United Nations member countries. The openings could boost the country’s international role in the future, he said.

“It is expected that we could play more significant roles in the international relationship in the future,” he said on Monday.

The new embassies are intended for Nauru, Tuvalu, the Republic of Central Africa, Malawi, Botswana, Sao Tome and Principe, Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Nigeria and El Salvador, among others.

Marzuki said that in addition to building new diplomatic ties with those countries, the fact that Indonesia would chair ASEAN this year would also enable the country to gain international trust.

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