Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (Photo: AFP/ VNA)

Jakarta (VNA) – The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs held an international press conference in Jakarta on January 9 to review its work in the past time and announce diplomatic priorities for 2019. 

Speaking at the event, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said 2019 is a busy year for the country’s diplomacy.

She said this year, the country will focus on activities at the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member for the 2019-2020 tenure. Indonesia has officially announced its bid for a seat at the UN Human Rights Council for the 2020-2022 tenure.

According to her, economic diplomacy is also a priority, with cooperation with new markets to be boosted in the near future. Infrastructure for international economic collaboration will be consolidated through the completion of negotiations for the comprehensive economic partnership agreements, free trade agreements, and preferential trade agreements.

The minister said Indonesia will also work to enhance its position in the region and in the world, with attention paid to maritime cooperation.

Affirming the importance of ensuring stability and security in the Indo-Pacific, Retno said Indonesia and other ASEAN member states should play an active role in response to strategic developments and changes in the region.-VNA