Over the past seventy years, the governments of Indonesia and the United States have deepened the understanding and partnerships between our two nations through official visits. In 1956, President Sukarno made his first of four visits to the United States, which included stops at businesses, universities, and tourist destinations from the Empire State Building to the Grand Canyon. His successor, President Suharto, met with six American presidents over six separate trips to the United States during his 31-year tenure.
Richard Nixon was the first U.S. president to visit Indonesia, in 1969. Since that historic trip, seven U.S. presidents and countless American delegations have made official visits to Indonesia to discuss topics such as security, trade, partnerships, diversity, and economics. In addition to heads of state, vice presidents, attorneys general, and foreign ministers have also shaped diplomacy between the two nations. Vice President Michael Pence noted during his 2017 visit to Jakarta, “Through our continued partnership, the United States and Indonesia will continue to maintain a peaceful, stable, and a prosperous Southeast Asia for the benefit of both of our nations and for the benefit of the world.”