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Newsline: Top Indonesian general denied entry to US now welcome after embassy apology

A US diplomat apologised to Indonesia’s government after the country’s top general was prevented from travelling to Washington and said Monday the military commander is welcome in the US. Erin McKee, the deputy US ambassador to Indonesia, did not explain why General Gatot Nurmantyo was prevented from boarding a flight to the US but said the matter had been resolved. McKee met with Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on Monday morning and said she apologised. US Ambassador Joseph Donovan also offered an apology, according to a statement Sunday from the embassy. “We deeply regret the inconvenience that this incident caused and we apologise,” McKee told reporters. “There are absolutely no issues with his ability to travel to the United States. We welcome him. The embassy is working very hard to understand what happened.”

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2116555/top-indonesian-general-denied-entry-us-embarrassing-blunder-now

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Newsline: Bali-bound Malaysians advised to contact embassy or consulate

Malaysians arriving in Bali for holiday or on business are advised to contact the office of the Malaysian Honorary Consul in Bali or the Malaysian Embassy here to inform of their whereabouts. Malaysian Ambassador in Indonesia Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim said this would enable the consulate or embassy to contact them in case of an emergency in view of the current status of the Gunung Agung volcano in Bali. The Indonesian authorities have issued a warning of high alert on the possibility of the volcano erupting after 50 years of being dormant. Zahrain also suggested that Bali-bound Malaysian aircraft to make a public announcement for its Malaysian passengers to inform the consulate of their whereabouts upon arriving on the resort island. The local media today reported that more than 200,000 people have been evacuated to safer ground since the volcano began emitting thick smoke.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/09/30/bali-bound-malaysians-told-to-contact-embassy-consulate/

Newsline: Molotov cocktail thrown at Myanmar embassy in Jakarta

A Molotov cocktail was thrown at the Myanmar embassy in central Jakarta early on Sunday (Sep 3) morning. According to local media reports, the bomb was thrown at the second floor of the building at about 2.35 am local time and started a fire on the back porch which was extinguished later by police personnel. Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono confirmed the incident to local news portal Metrotvnews.com. “Yes, it did happen. (The bomb) was a small one,” he said. Central Jakarta police chief Suyudi Ario Seto said they found pieces of a broken beer bottle and a wick at the scene. Police also told local media that two to three people were involved in the crime and that they were in a Toyota Avanza car. The perpetrators are suspected to have stopped the car, thrown the bomb into the second floor of the embassy before driving off. No casualties have been reported so far. An investigation is currently underway and the police are examining on-site CCTV footage. The incident came after a group of activists held a protest on Saturday at the embassy calling on the Nobel Prize Committee to withdraw Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel Prize.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/molotov-cocktail-thrown-at-myanmar-embassy-in-jakarta-9181844

Newsline: Norway’s former ambassador to Indonesia could face charges

Norway’s former ambassador to Indonesia was stripped of his title late last year and recalled to Oslo, after he was found to have been involved in supplying foreign aid funds to one of three mistresses he had in Jakarta. He still works as a diplomat for the foreign ministry in a high position, newspaper VG reported this week, but could face criminal charges if the ministry had reported his activity to police. VG reported that Traavik entered into a “secret relationship” in the fall of 2013 with an Indonesian woman who already had received around NOK 1.5 million (USD 179,000) in Norwegian funding for various cultural projects through the embassy in Jakarta. She had applied in April 2013 for more Norwegian funding and her organization received NOK 550,000, through documents VG recovered from the ministry’s archive that were signed by Traavik in May 2013. The former Norwegian ambassador’s activity in Jakarta raises new questions about how Norway manages its billions of kroner set aside for foreign aid aimed at fighting poverty and spurring economic development.

http://www.newsinenglish.no/2017/06/20/scolded-ambassador-could-face-charges/

Newsline: Embassy Urges Indonesians to be Vigilant in Qatar

Indonesian Ambassador to Qatar Muhamad Basri Sidehabi has urged Indonesian diaspora in Qatar to keep calm, vigilant and continue to follow the latest development of security situation in the country. There is no need to overreact considering security condition in Qatar is still under control, an official of Indonesian Embassy in Doha Boy Dharmawan said. Sidehabi explained his decree over the severence of diplomatic relations of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yaman with Qatar, during a meeting with Indonesians in Al Khor Community, Alkhor city, around 60 km from the capital city, Doha. The visit to Al Khor was an effort from Indonesian Embassy to show Indonesians in Qatar that political and security situations in the country are running normally. “The ambassador will be the last person to leave Qatar. The political situation has been the same since 2014 so people don’t have to worry,” Sidehabi said.

https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2017/06/07/055882185/Embassy-Urges-Indonesians-to-be-Vigilant-in-Qatar

Newsline: Ambassador warns Malaysians in Indonesia to avoid public areas

Malaysians residing in Indonesia are advised to remain alert and stay away from public places or heavily guarded areas, following a bomb explosion at a bus terminal in Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta Wednesday night. Malaysia’s Ambassador to Indonesia Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, when contacted by Bernama, said the warning was addressed to Malaysians who were not only in Jakarta but also at other locations in the country. “We have also requested the cooperation of the Indonesian police to ensure no Malaysians were affected in the incident and so far no such report has been received, ” he said when referring to the incident which reportedly killed five people, including three policemen. Also killed in the 9pm bomb explosion were two suicide bombers. Malaysian consulates in the neighbouring countries have been told to advise Malaysians to avoid public places or police guarded areas, said the Jakarta-based ambassador.

http://www.theborneopost.com/2017/05/25/msians-in-indonesia-advised-to-avoid-public-areas-ambassador/

Newsline: Singaporean Consulate in Denpasar Helps Tourist Bitten by Komodo Dragon

Singaporean consulate in Denpasar, Bali was contacted to assist tourist from their country. The health condition of Loh Lee Aik, a tourist from Singapore attacked and bitten by a komodo dragon on Wednesday, starts to get better. He suffered a tear on his leg after trying to take a picture of the dragon. Until now, Loh, who is a photographer by profession, is still undergoing treatment in Siloam hospital, Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). “His condition is getting better and is going back to normal,” Siloan Labuan Bajo hospital Marketing Communication Raynaldo Kamil Harun said on Saturday, May 6.

https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2017/05/06/055872845/Singaporean-Tourist-Bitten-by-Komodo-Dragon-Shows-Recovery-Signs