Jakarta: Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi received a farewell call from US Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R Donovan at her office in Jakarta on Friday morning. Retno appreciated Donovan's hardwork in strengthening bilateral relations between the countries.
"Thank you Ambassador for your hard work in strengthening Indonesia – US bilateral relations during your tenure. Best of luck in your future endeavours," she said on her official twitter account this afternoon.
A day ealier, the US Embassy celebrated the opening of the Heritage Building on the new U.S. Embassy compound in Jakarta.
According to a press release issued by the US Embassy on Friday, January 24, 2020, the building and installation of a historical exhibit honors the building’s role in Indonesia’s path to independence.
“This is a unique moment. I say that because as we look at this building today we are, in a sense, looking back through time and watching the spirit of Indonesia’s democracy unfold. Over 70 years ago a group of delegates chosen by President Sukarno resided and worked in the original Heritage Building to prepare for the historic Round Table Conference in the Hague, Netherlands. Their work at that conference, along with the efforts of thousands of Indonesians across the archipelago, paved the way for the agreement that would culminate in the transfer of sovereignty to Indonesia on December 27, 1949,” Donovan said in his inauguration remarks.
As part of the new US Embassy compound, Ambassador Donovan said the US Embassy has a special responsibility in preserving the history of the building.
“We are honored for the privilege and committed to preserving that history for decades to come,” he said.