International diplomacy regarding Islam was not just about Palestine-Israel. Many problems of Islam in other countries like the Philippines, India, and even in Myanmar which was often escaped from the attention of government and our parliament. Unfortunately, the attention of those in the House of Representatives Commission I, focused more on Palestine and tended to ignore the case in other countries. That was one statement stated by Indonesia ambassador candidate to Switzerland, Djoko Susilo, when presenting guest lecture in the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social and Political Science, Tuesday (11/24).
For over two hours, former member of House of Representative of Republic of Indonesia, delivered material on the role of parliaments in the implementation of foreign policy in front of more than 200 International Relation students and lecturers at UMM University Inn hall
According to Djoko, in foreign policy, Parliament has budgeting role and function, surveillance and law-making. Thus, the attention of Parliament should be more to see the internal interests of Indonesia in the eyes of the international community. Since the majority population in Indonesia is Muslim, it was natural that attention was also stressed in cases of Islamic countries. "Islam is one important factor in foreign relations policies of Indonesia," he said.
Not only has run those functions, Parliament also has established its own relationships with overseas through cooperation between the parliament. So far, Indonesia is active in organizations, such as the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Agency (BKSAP), the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU), Asean Inter-parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) and ASEAN Inter Parliamentary on Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC). (nas/rka/t_alf)