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Indonesia enjoys relations with almost all UN member states: FM

(Xinhua)

14:31, January 04, 2012

JAKARTA, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia enjoys relations with almost all member states of the United Nations following the setting up of diplomatic relations with nine countries in 2011, an official said here Wednesday.

"In line with our commitment to establish diplomatic relations with all member states of the United Nations, throughout 2011, Indonesia officially opened diplomatic relations with nine countries, namely Mauritania, El Salvador, San Marino, Montenegro, the Dominican Republic, Niger, Sao Tome and Principe, Antigua and Barbuda and Bhutan," Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told a press conference.

He said that these nine countries were among the remaining 21 friendly countries with which Indonesia had not had official diplomatic relations. "With the eventual official establishment of diplomatic relations with the rest of these countries, Indonesia will be enjoying diplomatic relations with practically all 193 member states of the United Nations," Natalegawa said.

The foreign minister added that five countries opened new representative offices in Jakarta, namely the Embassies of Fiji, Colombia, Belarus and Paraguay in Jakarta, and the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Medan of North Sumatra province.

In 2011, 16 countries opened their representative offices to ASEAN in Jakarta and as of the end of 2011, 61 countries designated their Permanent Representatives to ASEAN.

"In 2012, some countries are planning to open their representative offices in Jakarta, including Vanuatu and Georgia," Natalegawa said.

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