Indonesian Military Chief Denied Entry to US Despite Invitation

Indonesian Military Chief Denied Entry to US Despite Invitation
AP Photo/ Eric GayAsia & Pacific08:02 23.10.2017(updated 08:24 23.10.2017) Get short URL2342


The commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces was reportedly denied entry to the United States shortly before setting off for an official visit to a Chiefs of Defense Conference in Washington.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, the commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces, was denied entry to the United States despite having an invitation to visit the country from Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., media reported.

Earlier in October, the US embassy to Jakarta published a statement saying that Dunford had invited Nurmantyo to attend a Chiefs of Defense Conference on Countering Violent Extremism slated for October 23-24 in Washington.

According to the broadcaster CNN, on Saturday, Nurmantyo and his wife were expected to leave Jakarta for Washnigton, however, shortly before takeoff the US Customs and Border Protection informed the Indonesian delegation that they were not permitted entry into the United States.

The US Ambassador to Jakarta later apologized on behalf of Washington to Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi for the incident and inconvenience to Gen. Gatot.

“We remain committed to our Strategic Partnership with Indonesia as a way to deliver security and prosperity to both our nations and peoples,” the embassy said on Sunday.

According to reports, Jakarta currently expects Washnigton to provide explanations regarding this incident.