M144

6 December 1995

New Indonesian Ambassador to Australia


The Australian Government welcomes Indonesia's announcement of the appointment of Mr Wiryono Sastrohandoyo as the new Indonesian Ambassador to Australia. The Australian Government has formally agreed to Mr Wiryono's nomination.

Mr Wiryono is expected to take up his new posting early next year, ending the vacancy which has existed since July this year, when Indonesia withdrew its nomination of General Mantiri.

Mr Wiryono is currently Indonesia's Ambassador to France. In the course of a long and distinguished diplomatic career, he has held several ambassadorial positions, including Ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna, as well as Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. Mr Wiryono also served in the early nineties as Director-General for Political Affairs at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta, when he worked closely with Australian representatives on the Cambodian peace process.

I know Pak Wir personally as a result of close contact with him and Ali Alatas during the Cambodian peace negotiations and have the highest regard for him.

It is pleasing that the Indonesian Government has appointed an Ambassador of such calibre. Mr Wiryono is a very senior member of Indonesia's diplomatic service and can be expected to make a substantial contribution to the further development of Australian-Indonesian relations.

The Australian Government looks forward to working closely with Mr Wiryono. We congratulate him and wish him well for his assignment in Australia.