.Kamapradipta Isnomo (The Jakarta Post)
On a sunny Nordic weekend, 60 delegations from 60 countries converged in the second European Union Indo-Pacific Foreign Ministers Forum hosted by Sweden on May 13. Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billström co-chaired the forum as the current president of the EU together with EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.
The forum took place at a tumultuous period in global affairs where geopolitical and economic rivalries are on the rise, concocted by an almost perpetual conflict in Ukraine in which the international community has yet to see some light at the end of the tunnel.
Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi, representing ASEAN chair Indonesia, was invited to the gathering as a special guest to deliver a keynote address in which she highlighted ASEAN’s unified reluctance to see an Indo-Pacific region evolve into yet another theater of rivalry and wars, as is the case in other regions.
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