ASEAN Summit-42nd | Indonesia (RI) told to prioritize Myanmar, Indo-Pacific

Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi (left) meets with Cambodian Interior Minister Sar Kheng in Phnom Penh on Aug. 4, 2022, ahead of a series of ASEAN meetings convened in the Cambodian capital. The ministers discussed details about a forthcoming memorandum of understanding (MoU) to help prevent and resolve human trafficking cases involving Indonesian citizens.(Courtesy of Foreign Ministry/-)


Amid preparations for November’s ASEAN Summit less than 40 days away, when the baton of the chairmanship is set to pass from Cambodia to Indonesia, calls are mounting for Jakarta to take decisive steps to address the Myanmar political crisis while juggling an abundance of other challenges that will test the Southeast Asia bloc’s unity.

The 40th and 41st ASEAN Summits in Phnom Penh, Cambodia will see Indonesia take on the chairmanship of Southeast Asia’s premier regional organization next month, just two days before it hosts the Group of 20 Summit in Bali.

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The high-level forums face tremendous upheaval amid rocky geopolitics and a battered global economy.

In identifying what issues Indonesia should prioritize as the next ASEAN chair,

Southeast Asia analysts say Jakarta ought to ascertain practical steps for implementing some of the group’s existing and impending documents.


Yvette Tanamal
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta   ●
Thu, October 6 2022

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