Indonesia demands explanation after US refuses entry to military chief Gatot Nurmantyo
Jakarta: Indonesia is demanding an explanation after it said its military chief Gatot Nurmantyo was refused entry into the United States, moments before his plane departed from Jakarta on Saturday.
General Gatot - who earlier this year suspended military ties with Australia over teaching materials perceived as derogatory at a Perth Army base - was travelling to Washington with his wife and a delegation.
He had been invited to attend a conference on countering violent extremism on October 23 to 24 at the invitation of General Joseph Dunford, the US's highest ranking military officer.
However, the Indonesian Armed Forces said moments before General Gatot's departure on Emirates, the airline informed him he had been denied entry to the United States by US Customs and Border Protection despite having a visa.
Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said the Indonesian Embassy in Washington DC had sent a diplomatic note to the US Foreign Ministry to obtain clarification on what had happened.
"Considering the US Ambassador is out of Jakarta at the moment, the Deputy Ambassador has been summoned to Kemlu (the Foreign Ministry) tomorrow to give an explanation," Mr Nasir said.
TNI (Indonesian Armed Forces) spokesman Wuryanto said General Gatot had been invited to attend a conference on countering violent extremism by his "best friend and senior" General Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Photo: AP