Prabowo vows to maintain Indonesia’s good foreign relations

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto at the fourth round of 2019 presidential debate has pledged to maintain Indonesia's good foreign relations with all countries in the world.

Prabowo conveyed his vision and mission in the field of international relations at the fourth round of 2019 presidential debate held at Shangri La Hotel in Jakarta on Saturday.

The fourth presidential debate took the theme of "Ideology, Governance, Defense and Security, International Relations".

"In the field of international relations, we adhere to (the principle) 'one thousand friends are too few, one enemy is too many'. We will be good with all countries and all the world powers," Prabowo said.

He said, if elected as the next Indonesian president, he would establish good relations between Indonesia and other countries on the principle of mutual benefit while continuing to prioritize the interests of the people of Indonesia.

"We will seek mutually beneficial relationships, but we will also defend and prioritize our people, that's the most important thing," he stated.

"Defending the people of Indonesia is a very noble and honorable thing to do for us, and we are determined to work towards victorious Indonesia," he continued.

Indonesia will organize legislative and presidential elections simultaneously on April 17, 2019, across the country.

Of its total population of 260 million, over 192 million people in Indonesia have been registered as illegible voters.

The 2019 presidential election is seen by many as a repeat of the bitter presidential battle of 2014, wherein Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Prabowo Subianto went head-to-head.

Seeking a second term, 57-year-old Jokowi has picked Ma'ruf Amin (75), chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), as his partner, while retired general Prabowo Subianto (67) has chosen Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno (49), a successful entrepreneur and former deputy governor of Jakarta, as his running mate.

The first presidential debate, held on January 17, 2019, centered on law, human rights, terrorism, and corruption. The second debate took place on February 17, 2019, and focused on energy, the environment, infrastructure, food, and natural resources.

The third debate was organized on March 17, and only the running mates participated in the discussion on education, health, manpower, and social and cultural issues.

No date has been set yet for the fifth debate, which will see four of them battle it out on stage over the economy, social welfare, finance and investment, as well as trade and industry.

Source: ANTARA News

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