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Indonesian Military chief denied departure on US-bound flight

23 October 2017

General Gatot Nurmantyo had been invited to Washington to attend a conference on countering violent extremism.

General Gatot Nurmantyo, commander of Indonesian National Military, was about to board a plane from Jakarta to Washington, DC late Saturday when he was stunned by the news that he and his wife were banned from the country by the US Customs and Border Protection.

The US Embassy continues to communicate with the TNI Commander's staff throughout the weekend, and seeks to facilitate General Gatot's travel to the US.

General Gatot had been invited to Washington DC by his United States counterpart- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford - to attend an anti-terror conference.

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"A number of Indonesian military officers have been told they will not be allowed entry to USA, and have been denied visas, but there has never been a situation to my knowledge where an Indonesian military officer has been granted a valid visa to enter the United States and then been denied entry prior to boarding the aircraft", he said.

Military spokesman Brigjen Wuryanto said the general was refused entry by the US Customs and Border Protection agency.

"We remain committed to our Strategic Partnership with Indonesia as a way to deliver security and prosperity to both our nations and peoples", said the USA embassy.

Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph Donovan has apologized to Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi for the denial of entry to the United States given to the Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo.

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He was also due to take part in a forum organised by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington today.

Nurmantyo is a controversial figure in Indonesia because his actions and words frequently suggest he has political ambitions. The general promotes the notion that Indonesia is besieged by "proxy wars" involving foreign states and even a renewed communist threat.

Indonesia generally enjoys good ties with the United States, although ties between the two countries' armed forces in the past have been strained by alleged rights abuses involving Indonesia's armed forces.

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