Indonesia seeks explanation for military chief's travel bar after US's apology Oct 24, 2017 0 161 12345 REUTERSJAKARTAIndonesia on Monday said it had made"urgent" request for an explanation why the United States barred its military chief from travelling to the US, as anger simmered in the world's largest Muslim-majority country over the diplomatic incident.Armed forces commander General Gatot Nurmantyo was stopped on Saturday from boarding an Emirates flight to the US, despite having a visa and an official invitation to a conference from his counterpart, the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, General Joseph F. Dunford Jr.Foreign minister Retno Marsudi said she had accepted an official apology from the deputy US ambassador in Jakarta, but still awaited a detailed explanation."We conveyed that we still await clarification, an explanation why this happened," Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told reporters after meeting the US envoy."There is a sense of urgency to this that we have conveyed to them," she said, adding that US officials were"trying to coordinate with relevant authorities in the US to find out what really happened."US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis apologized for the incident to his Indonesian counterpart Ryamizard Ryacudu on the sidelines of an ASEAN meeting in the Philippines, and the two were photographed shaking hands."I can confirm that he did a pull-aside with the Indonesian minister and expressed regret and apologised for the inconvenience," Captain Jeff Davis, a spokesman for Mattis, told Reuters.In a statement, the US embassy in Jakarta said,"This issue has been resolved. There is no restriction on General Gatot's travel and we look forward to welcoming (him) to the United States." POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Japan urges S Korea, US to address North issues Oct 24, 2017 0 20 Malaysia to trace 1MDB financier through Interpol Oct 24, 2017 0 22 Kaspersky seeks to win back trust over Russia spy claims Oct 24, 2017 0 24 Kenya to charge Odinga's sister with incitement to violence NAIROBI Kenyan authorities will charge the sister of opposition leader Raila Odinga with incitement to violence after opposition supporters attacked officials from the election board last week, the chief .. Suicide bomb attack kills 14 in Nigeria Maiduguri Fourteen people have now died in the latest suicide bomb attack in northeast Nigeria, an official said, calling for greater protection for those made homeless by Boko Haram. Three bombers, all of them women, .. Sierra Leone to auction diamond for development projects Ramat Gan Sierra Leone hopes to raise millions of dollars for development projects by auctioning a huge uncut diamond, believed to be one of the world's largest. It will be the government's second attempt to sell .. Philippine govt declares end of siege in Marawi REUTERS MARAWI CITY/CLARK, Philippines The Philippines on Monday announced the end of five months of military operations in a southern city held by pro-Islamic State rebels, after a fierce and unfamiliar urban war that .. Marawi residents begin long trudge to normalcy REUTERS MARAWI CITY Marawi resident Baimona Amintao hopes her turn comes quickly once authorities begin raffling off the first batch of temporary shelters for those who lost their homes to the five-month battle to .. Burundi rebel leaders 'extradited from Tanzania' Nairobi Senior leaders of the Popular Forces of Burundi (FPB) rebel group were arrested in eastern Tanzania on Saturday and extradited to Burundi the following day, the FPB said."Four FPB leaders, including the number 1 .. Main opposition party will be dissolved: Cambodian PM REUTERS PHNOM PENH Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday it was"a fact" that the main opposition party would be dissolved as he spoke on the anniversary of the peace agreement that established multiparty .. Abe vows to prioritise education, childcare over budget balance REUTERS TOKYO Japan's prime minister has vowed to make education and childcare a priority over balancing the budget after winning a new mandate from voters on Sunday, as a rapidly-ageing population threatens to .. UN condemns arrests of Congo oppn members REUTERS LUBUMBASHI The UN peacekeeping mission in Congo condemned the arrest of about 30 opposition members amid a crackdown on dissent by President Joseph Kabila's government. The arrests occurred in the eastern .. Southeast Asian ministers urge Pyongyang to rein in weapons programmes CLARK FREEPORT ZONE S outheast Asian defence ministers on Monday expressed"grave concern" over North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes and urged the reclusive country to meet its international obligations .. Asean defence ministers begin security talks Manila The North Korean nuclear threat, the spread of ISIS-linked terrorism and the South China Sea dispute will all be discussed as ASEAN defence ministers meet on~Monday in the Philippines. In addition to ..