MANADO, ZONAUTARA.com – United States Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan Jr, did trip to North Sulawesi Province to demonstrate the U.S ongoing commitment to the U.S.-Indonesian Strategic Partnership.
The partnership across all segments of Indonesian society, including through military-to-military engagement, promoting commercial ties, educational exchanges, and expanded trade ties.
While in Manado, Ambassador Donovan participated in the opening ceremony of the Cope West 2018 exercise on Monday (13/3/2018). It held at Manado Sam Ratulangi International Airport.
This joint military exercise involves fighter aircraft from the U.S approximately 110 members Air Force and and 150 members of the Indonesian Air Force.
Together, the two militaries engaged in training exercises and joint sorties, to advance interoperability and build on the partnership between U.S. military forces and the Indonesian Air Force.
“By participating in exercises with military forces of our partner nations, such as Indonesia, U.S reinforces its commitment to peace and stability in the region,” said Donovan.
Additionally, the Ambasador also met North Sulawesi Governor Olly Dondokambey, and Manado Mayor Vicky Lumentut. They discussed ways to increase commercial ties and educational exchanges.
On the same day, Ambassador Donovan also toured the American Shelf at Universitas Sam Ratulangi (Unsrat). He met with alumni from United States Government-sponsored programs, including Fulbright scholars, YSEALI alumni, and participants in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), along with Unsrat students.
During his remarks, the Ambassador emphasized the benefits of studying in the United States and the positive impacts it has on our bilateral relationship.
“An American education is an investment in your future, and helps strengthen ties between Indonesia and the United States,” said Donovan.
Editor: Eva Aruperes