Jakarta: Guatemala is set to reopen its embassy in Jakarta. This move is expected to increase cooperation between the two countries, especially in the economic field.
The opening of the embassy will be attended directly by Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Erica Jovel Polanco.
"I sincerely welcome and congratulate Foreign Minister Jovel on the reopening of the Guatemalan Embassy in Jakarta," Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said at the Pancasila Building, Jakarta on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.
"Together with Foreign Minister Jovel, I will be present at the opening of the Embassy in Jakarta tonight. The Embassy of Guatemala will be the 106th embassy of a partner country in Jakarta and the 14th from Latin America and the Caribbean region, "she added.
Foreign Minister Jovel's visit is very important. This is the first visit of a Guatemalan Foreign Minister since the establisment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1992 or 27 years ago.
"For Guatemala, we are back in Indonesia and reopening the embassy in Jakarta. It is intended to strengthen bilateral cooperation, but not only diplomatically but also from a commercial perspective, "Foreign Minister Jovel said.
"We have the opportunity to re-establish a close relationship," Foreign Minister Jovel said.
Guatemala had previously opened its embassy in Jakarta in 1992. However, operations were closed in 1993 or one year after it was opened.
"(In 1993, the Guatemalan Embassy) was closed due to economic problems," the Acting Director General of American and European Affairs at the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Teuku Faizasyah explained.