On Sunday, 20 December 2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Indonesia summoned the Chargé d’affaires of Germany to Indonesia to seek clarification and to protest on the actions of a Staff of the German Embassy who visited an organization in Petamburan a few days ago.
In the meeting, the Chargé d’affaires of Germany confirmed the presence of the Embassy’s staff at the organization’s secretariat. The Chargé d’affaires stated that the presence of the staff at the Secretariat was a personal initiative without the knowledge of the Chargé d’affaires of Germany nor under the instruction from the Embassy.
The Chargé d’affaires expressed his apologies and regrets for the incident.
The Chargé d’affaires of Germany also denied various statements made by one of the leaders of the organization. He stressed that the incident does not reflect the policies of the Government and Embassy of Germany. He firmly denied that the presence of one of the Embassy’s staff was a form of Germany’s support for the organization.
The Embassy of Germany firmly expressed the support and commitment of Government of Germany to continue bilateral cooperation with Indonesia in fighting intolerance, radicalism, and hate speech.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Indonesia demanded the Embassy of Germany to issue an official public statement as explained to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Embassy of Germany stated that the diplomatic staff has been requested to return to Germany immediately, to take responsibility for her actions and provide clarification to the Government of Germany.
Source : Ministry of Foreign Affairs