Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, has confirmed the appointment of Owen Jenkins as the new Ambassador to Indonesia. He will begin his new role in July 2019 and he replaces Moazzam Malik. From 2014 until 2017, Jenkins was the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Joko Widodo, the President of Indonesia, has met David Cameron, the Prime Minister, at Downing Street. President Widodo is currently on a tour of European countries and had numerous meetings in the UK.
A spokesman for David Cameron said:
“The Prime Minister met the Indonesian President Joko Widodo today at Downing Street.
They discussed a broad range of issues, including co-operation on security and counter-extremism. The Prime Minister offered his condolences over the loss of life in the attacks in Jakarta earlier this year, and committed to continued counter-terrorism and counter-extremism support, including co-operation and advice from our police and security agencies. The Prime Minister and President agreed that as the world’s most populous Muslim-majority state, Indonesia had a vital role to play in countering extremism globally as the voice of moderate, peaceful Islam.
They also shared thoughts on addressing other global issues, including anti-corruption and transparency where they agreed on importance of addressing these issues to ensure economic growth.
They discussed how to strengthen the bilateral trade relationship, including through today’s agreement for Indonesia’s national airline to upgrade its aircraft to a new Airbus model with Rolls-Royce engines, in adeal worth nearly £1 billion to the UK economy. And they considered new commercial opportunities, such as in infrastructure, particularly around the 2018 Asian Games, and the creative industries.
They discussed the positive progress on an ambitious EU-Indonesia free trade agreement, agreeing this held huge potential for both our countries, making it easier and cheaper for businesses to invest and trade.
They also discussed the importance of respect for human rights, with the Prime Minister reiterating our longstanding and long-stated opposition to the use of the death penalty”.
Hugo Swire, the Minister for Asia, has expressed concern over the executions which have taken place, and others which are planned, in Indonesia. Swire said:
“We share the concerns of our international partners about today’s executions in Indonesia. As is well-known, it is the long-standing policy of the UK to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances. We have made representations to the Indonesian government on this matter repeatedly and at the highest levels, and we will continue to do so. We welcome the EU’s call for collaboration on alternative approaches to tackling drug crime”.