Foreign Ministry Says ASEAN-China Meeting Not Intended Solely to Discuss South China Sea

Sonya Michaella    •    16 Juni 2016 15:01 WIB
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Foreign Ministry Says ASEAN-China Meeting Not Intended Solely to Discuss South China Sea
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Arrmanatha Nasir (Foto:MTVN/Sonya Michaella)

Metrotvnews.com, Jakarta: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Arrmanatha Nasir mentioned that the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Minister's Meeting in Kunming, China this week was not intended solely to discuss the South China Sea issue.

"It was a preparation meeting for ASEAN-China Summit next September. I want to underline that it was not intended solely to discuss the South China Sea issue," he said at his office, Jakarta, on Thursday (6/16/2016).

Confusion emerged when Malaysia issued a version of ASEAN statement on the meeting's outcome which contained strong words regarding the South China Sea issue. Not long afterwards, they retracted the statement.

Arrmanatha explained the statement was merely a media guideline for a press conference after the meeting.
"However, the press conference was cancelled," he added.

He reiterated that Indonesia remains committed with stability and security in the region, especially in the South China Sea.

Correction: The title of this article was changed from Foreign Ministry Says ASEAN-China Meeting Did Not Discuss South China Sea to Foreign Ministry Says ASEAN-China Meeting Not Intended Solely to Discuss South China Sea on Friday (6/17/2016) at 4.30 PM.


(WAH)