Mikta Initiative an Example of Successful Multilateral Cooperation: FM Retno


Jakarta. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said theMikta initiative should be anexample of successful multilateral cooperation to address various transnational challenges.

Mikta is an informal partnership between Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia, established during the 68thsittingof the United Nations General Assembly in September 2013.

Meeting on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Bonn, Germany, this week, the foreign ministers of Mikta member countries discussed the current global and regional situations, as well as its work program for 2017.

During the meeting, Mikta’s current chair Turkey presented the partnership’s seven priority programs for this year, which include the fight against terrorism, gender equality, good governance and democracy.

In a statement received by Jakarta Globe on Friday (17/02), Retno was quoted as saying that Indonesia supports these priority programs. She stressed the importance of Mikta in pushing for multilateral cooperation on the seven priority programs.

The ministers expressed their collective concern over the lack of international cooperation to address a variety of issues the world currently faces. They further stated that there has been an increase in “inward-looking” policies.

Retno spoke about recent developments in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, emphasizing the complex issues facing that country’s government and the need for the international community to provide support and assistance to ensure regional stability and security.

“Indonesia has shown a commitment to help the government of Myanmar in Rakhine State and working together with several nongovernmental organizations,” Retno said.

Indonesia’s constructive engagement with Myanmar was well-received among the Mikta foreign ministers.

(JakartaGlobe)

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