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Dino Patti Djalal inaugurated as Indonesia's deputy foreign minister

Former Indonesian ambassador to the United States Dino Patti Djalal has been inaugurated as Indonesia's new deputy foreign minister. The 48-year-old replaces outgoing minister Wardana, who has been appointed Indonesian ambassador to Turkey.

JAKARTA: Former Indonesian ambassador to the United States Dino Patti Djalal has been inaugurated as Indonesia's new deputy foreign minister. The 48-year-old replaces outgoing minister Wardana, who has been appointed Indonesian ambassador to Turkey.

Mr Dino said he plans to promote the ASEAN Economic Community to Indonesians, to explain how they can benefit from it.

He said: "In the last six months, I've been travelling around the country, about 40 cities and always the questions were asked about ASEAN community. They want to know how they should respond to it, and what it actually means and so on.

“I hope to be part of greater efforts to make the people understand what this is, because this is not particular to Indonesia. In the other nine ASEAN countries, they also have questions about what the ASEAN community is all about, and how they can respond well to it. "

His term in office will last for three months, until the new Indonesian president is inaugurated in October.

Mr Dino, a close aide to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, is the longest-serving presidential spokesperson in Indonesia's history.

Before being ambassador, he had been Dr Yudhoyono's foreign affairs spokesman for six years, until 2010.

The career diplomat was appointed Indonesia's ambassador to Washington in 2010, but resigned late last year.

He had wanted to focus on his presidential bid via the Democratic Party convention. 

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