“We do hope that Indonesia will still manage to achieve all the wonderful things it has set out to achieve,” Deputy British Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste, Robb Fenn, said on the sidelines of the “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee” event at the embassy, here on Wednesday.
The G20 forum was almost perfect at the beginning, he added. The UK, as the chair of G7, and Indonesia, as the president of the G20 forum this year, also had a close agreement on maintaining continuity between the G7 and the G20 agendas, he noted.
The UK, he said, has no national objective other than helping Indonesia succeed in its G20 Presidency. However, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has been a game-changer.
“So, that worked until Russia invaded Ukraine. And when that happened, Russia put Indonesia in a very difficult situation,” he noted.
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Hence, Fenn said that his country hopes that Indonesia will still manage to achieve all the wonderful things it has set out to achieve at the G20.
“Recover together, recover stronger is a brilliant motto. And it really captures the global agenda this year. And we will continue to work with Indonesia to make that happen,” the deputy remarked.
However, a good next step would be to exclude Russia from the forum, he added.
“We’re not going to tell President Jokowi (Joko Widodo) who he should invite but it is very difficult for many, many countries. So, this is not just the UK but for many, many countries who know what’s happening in Ukraine to work with Russia as though it is business as usual,” the deputy added.
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