#VPinASIA Day Five: Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Indonesia
We arrived late Wednesday in the capital city of Jakarta, Indonesia to continue our visit in the Asia-Pacific region. I am the first member of President Donald Trump’s administration to visit Southeast Asia, and the President asked for me to be here as a sign of the high value that the United States places on our strategic partnership with Indonesia.
I began Thursday morning meeting with the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo. He and I discussed how, under President Trump, the United States and Indonesia will work even more closely together for the mutual benefit of our nations, our people, and for the benefit of Southeast Asia as a whole.
American companies have been doing business in Indonesia for years, and American products and services have contributed greatly to Indonesia’s economic development. But we still have room for significant progress. Under President Trump’s leadership, the United States seeks trade relationships that are both free and fair – that spur job creation and economic growth for both parties. The President and I look forward to working with President Widodo to make progress toward this objective.
Later, my team and I met with Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Cabinet Ministers. I reaffirmed the United States’ strong, enduring commitment to the Asia-Pacific region and the Strategic Partnership with Indonesia. Vice President Kalla and I agreed to strengthen cooperation across a range of bilateral and regional issues, including bilateral trade and investment.
After my meeting with Vice President Kalla and Cabinet Ministers, I was humbled to tour the Istiqlal Mosque. Holding 200,000 people, it’s the largest Mosque in the largest Muslim-majority country in the world.
I was also deeply honored to meet with interfaith leaders of Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Confucianism at the conclusion of my tour to highlight Indonesia’s commitment to religious pluralism, tolerance, and freedom.
The day continued with a productive meeting with the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). The future of Southeast Asia looks bright thanks to great programs like YSEALI that help prepare future business and civic leaders.
And finally, I concluded the evening with ASEAN leaders and informed them that President Trump will attend a summit with them in the Philippines in November. The President will also attend the East Asia Summit that same month.
You can get the latest updates from my visit to the Asia-Pacific region by following the hashtag #VPinASIA, @VPComDir, and @VPPressSec on social media. There is an album on my Facebook page with photos from the trip. Each morning, you can also read a recap of the previous day here on wh.gov.