Indonesia, Dutch concur on promoting women's role in peace creation

Indonesia, Dutch concur on promoting women's role in peace creation

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (right) and her Dutch counterpart Stephanus Abraham Blok (left) showed a memorandum of understanding they had just signed in Jakarta on Monday night. (ANTARA FOTO/MUHAMMAD ADIMAJA)

For its part, Indonesia is forging cooperation with the Netherlands in addressing the issues through exchange, training, and so on. The cooperation will be valid (for one) year and thereafter will be reviewed.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian and Dutch governments have decided to bolster cooperation in diplomat training and promote women's role in creating peace and security.

The agreement was outlined in two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) inked between Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and her Dutch counterpart Stephanus Abraham Blok in Jakarta on Monday night.

The cooperation with the Netherlands in training Indonesian diplomats has lasted for 16 years, Marsudi stated.

With the signing of the MoUs, the cooperation will be extended for another four years, she revealed.

"Hence, these (MoUs) are the renewal of previous agreements and are long term in nature," she pointed out.

Speaking in connection with cooperation in promoting women's role in creating peace and security, the minister highlighted that the area of cooperation is one of the priority issues in implementing the Indonesian foreign policy.

Indonesia is striving actively to mainstream women's role and participation in the peace process, including averting conflicts, resolving conflicts, and implementing post-conflict development, she explained.

"We are in the process of preparing Indonesian female diplomats, negotiators, and mediators to participate in peace negotiations anytime, if the need arises," she remarked.

"For its part, Indonesia is forging cooperation with the Netherlands in addressing the issues through exchange, training, and so on. The cooperation will be valid (for one) year and thereafter will be reviewed," she stated.

Indonesia is in the middle of creating the Southeast Asia Network of Women Peace Negotiators and Mediators to strengthen women's contributions to encouraging eternal peace in the region, she noted.

Furthermore, Minister Marsudi launched the Indonesia-Afghan Women's Solidarity Network on the sidelines of her visit to the Afghan capital of Kabul on March 1 to encourage peace in the country.  

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