This comment was made by him and the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, chairing the ASEAN-US Ministerial Meeting in New York, Thursday.
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“In this difficult situation, the ASEAN-US partnership must be able to be positive force and be part of solutions to global challenges. At the same time, it can also contribute to stability and peace in the Indo-Pacific region,” said Foreign Minister Retno in her opening remarks, delivered by the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a written statement, Friday (24/9/2021).
Meanwhile, in Indonesia’s national statement, Indonesia’s first female foreign minister highlighted the issue of global vaccine inequality which was the concern of the majority of countries at the 76th UN General Assembly. Currently some countries have excess vaccines, while others still lack them.
“I submit that the dose sharing mechanism (dose-sharing) including through the Covax Facility is the fastest way to address this inequality,” he said.
In this regard, Retno appreciated the US commitment conveyed at the Global Covid-19 Summit meeting to donate an additional 500 million vaccines for Indonesia low and lower-middle income countries and expanding vaccine production in developing countries.
“This decision is a reflection of the US commitment to vaccinate the world and is expected to be an example for other countries. This decision also provides an opportunity for developing countries to become part of the global supply chain vaccine,” said Retno.
Foreign Minister Retno also said that the ASEAN-US partnership must be able to contribute to efforts to strengthen global health resilience. This can be done, among others, through strengthening the global health architecture and developing new mechanisms to mobilize global health resources.