Jakarta (ANTARA) - Presidential candidate Anies Rasyid Baswedan affirmed that Indonesia should play a crucial role in the global arena and take part in directing the world into prosperity.

He argued that Indonesia should no longer play a role as a mere spectator in the international scene. Instead, Indonesia should emerge among the decisive powers in the world, he said.

"Indonesia must play a decisive role in global and regional peace and prosperity for all nations," Anies remarked while presenting his vision and missions during the third debate in Jakarta on Sunday evening.

To that end, Indonesia needs to strengthen its economic power, cultural appeal, arts, and defense, he added.

He then emphasized the importance of the Indonesian President playing an active role as the country's diplomatic commander at every international event, as shown by the nation's founding fathers.

Anies highlighted the importance of supporting the Indonesian diaspora and migrant workers, recognizing their potential to bring pride to the nation on the global stage.

The third debate on Sunday followed the presidential debate on December 12 and the vice presidential debate on December 22. It spotlighted a number of themes, namely defense, security, international relations, globalization, geopolitics, and foreign policy.

The General Elections Commission (KPU) has determined three presidential and vice presidential pairs for the 2024 presidential election: Anies Baswedan-Muhaimin Iskandar, Prabowo Subianto-Gibran Rakabuming Raka, and Ganjar Pranowo-Mahfud MD.

The KPU has also scheduled the campaign period from November 28, 2023 to February 10, 2024, with the voting day on February 14, 2024.

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