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Indonesia seek explanations after USA denies entry to its military chief

Indonesia seek explanations after USA denies entry to its military chief

Indonesia is demanding an explanation from the United States after one of its military generals was denied entry into the USA over the weekend.

General Joseph Dunfurd, the Joint Chief of Staff of the US Army, had invited TNI Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo to attend the conference. Nurmantyo has decided not to attend the conference until the situation is explained, Wuryanto said.

In General Gatot's most recent controversy, he ordered the entire Indonesian military to watch screenings of a notorious anti-communist propaganda film.

Indonesia's Armed Forces Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo was about to board a flight on Saturday when the airline informed him that U.S. authorities had denied him entry, according to Indonesian media reports.

Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said yesterday that US Ambassador Joseph R. Donovan - who is presently not in Indonesia - has been summoned to provide reasons for the decision.

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The Indonesian embassy in Washington has sent a formal note to the State Department asking for clarification and Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has sought an explanation from the embassy in Jakarta.

The US Embassy said in a statement that it was in touch with the General's staff throughout the weekend, working to facilitate his travel.

"The military commander and his spouse and the delegation decided not to fulfil the invitation of the USA military commander until there is formal explanation from the United States", Major General Wuryanto said. The embassy is committed to maintaining its strategic partnership with Indonesia to ensure security and prosperity for both the nation and the people of both countries. He has promoted the idea that the Indonesian archepalago is besieged by "proxy wars" orchestrated by foreign countries.

Indonesia generally enjoys good ties with the USA, although ties between the two countries' armed forces in the past have been strained by alleged rights abuses involving Indonesia's armed forces.


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