RI must contribute to global interest: president

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the 1945 Constitution gives the Indonesian nation a mandate that they must not only struggle for national interest but also contribute to global interest and goodness.

"As we all know that under the mandate of the 1945 Constitution, besides we must struggle for national interest which is above all else, we must also contribute to global interest and goodness," the President said aboard a presidential plane which brought him home from a working visit to Sweden and the US on Friday.

In recent times, Indonesia not only followed what had been formulated in the UN but also became part of the process to formulate future global cooperation, he said.

The President was referring to the role played by Indonesia in formulating post-2015 development agenda of which he, along with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf are co-chairs.

"From the multilateral standpoint... we have taken an active part in building more just and effective global cooperation in the future," he said.

He asked all sides to get accustomed to performing duties together for the sake of the Red-and-White flag for common interests.

Commenting on his state visit to Sweden, he said much had been achieved to enhance economic relations between the two nations amidst the current global recession.

President Yudhoyono and entourage arrived back in the country on Sunday morning from a week-long working visit to Sweden and the US.

The President visited Sweden for a state visit during which he paid a courtesy call on King Carl XVI Gustav and held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Speaker of the Parliament Per Westerberg.

While in the US, Yudhoyono attended the last meeting of High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and submitted the final report of the panel to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York.  (S012)