US Lifts Indonesia Travel Warning
SEMINYAK/JAKARTA ~ The United States lifted this week its travel warning for Indonesia, long a thorny issue between both nations, as Indonesia seeks to bolster its thriving tourism and investment sectors.
â€œThe US has lifted the warning due to objective improvements by Indonesia,â€ US Ambassador to Indonesia Cameron Hume said in a statement.
The US imposed a travel warning on Indonesia in 2000, following a spate of deadly bombings across the country. Since then, however, the Indonesian authorities have been working with overseas law-enforcement agencies to root out what had been a growing scourge of militancy.
Dozens of arrests were made, with many standing trial over terrorist acts and sentenced, three to death.
â€œThe US Department of State has lifted its Travel Warning for Indonesia after determining the security climate in the country no longer warrants such a warning,â€ a statement from the US Embassy in Jakarta said.
â€œ…the government of Indonesia has disrupted, arrested and prosecuted numerous terrorist elements,â€ it said.
Ambassador Hume said the removal of the warning would â€œlead to more people-to-people ties between the two countries.â€Filed under: Headlines