Minister of Foreign Affairs (Foreign Minister) Marty Natalegawa in his speech at the Annual Press Statement said that during the year 2011, Indonesia has expanded its diplomatic relations as much as nine countries.
"As a commitment to expand its diplomatic relations with all UN member states, during the year 2011, Indonesia has opened diplomatic relations with nine countries," Marty said in a speech in Ministry of Foreign, Central Jakarta, Wednesday.
Nine countries that opened diplomatic relations, namely Mauritania, El Salvador, San Marino, Montenegro, Dominican Republic, Niger, Sao Tome and Principe, Antigua and Barbuda and Bhutan.
Later, Marty explains, the nine countries that recently opened at a time throughout 2011, is part of the remaining 21 countries in which Indonesia does not have diplomatic relations.
With the opening of 21 diplomatic relations, Marty asserted later Indonesia will have diplomatic relations with all UN member countries amounted to 193 countries.
"If Indonesia can open as many as 21 countries diplomatic relations, then Indonesia has diplomatic relations with all UN member states as many as 193 nations," explains Marty.
Meanwhile, Marty said there were five foreign countries have opened representative offices in Jakarta. Not only that, some countries have plans to open representative offices in Jakarta in 2012.
"Foreign representative of Fiji, Colombia, Belarus, Paraguay and the Consulate General of People's Republic of China in Medan. Then the state plans to open representative offices in Jakarta are Vanuatu and Georgia," said Marty.