Clinton to consider resuming US Peace Corps program
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - US Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton will look into the possibility of
reopening the US Peace Corps program in Indonesia during her upcoming visit in
Jakarta, a government spokesman said.
Clinton during her
visit in Indonesia February 18-19 would assess the possibility of
resuming the US Peace Corps program in Indonesia after it was
discontinued in the mid-1960s, the US State Department's deputy
spokesman, Robert Wood, said at a recent press briefing in Washington
DC, according to a US government press statement received by ANTARA
Clinton would also hold consultations with senior Indonesian
officials to discuss the growing partnership with Indonesia and common
interests in Southeast Asia.
"Indonesia is an important country for the
United States. The secretary feels it's important that we need to reach out
and reach out early to Indonesia," Wood said.
Indonesia is the largest
Muslim nation in the world.
Clinton would make her first
overseas mission as US secretary of state to East Asia in an eight-day
trip which will include stops in Japan, Indonesia, South Korea, and
She would address a broad range of issues, from economics to
climate change, during an eight-day, four-nation trip through East Asia,
departing Washington on February 5, Wood said.
She chose to make Asia
her first stop because of its strategic importance and the ever-increasing
role it plays across the US foreign policy spectrum, Wood
"In all capitals, the secretary will be discussing common
approaches to the challenges facing the international community, including the
financial markets turmoil, humanitarian issues, security and climate change,"
Clinton would be in Japan February 16-18, then Indonesia
February 18-19, South Korea February 19-20 and China February
Two other issues that would receive attention during the
secretary's talks are human rights and women's empowerment, Wood
"The secretary felt that going to Asia would send a tremendous
signal to Asia and those in the world of the importance of Asia particularly
to our foreign policy agenda," Wood said.
"The fact that she's going to
Asia as her first trip, I think is very significant," he added. (*)