印尼武装部队总司令加托·努尔曼蒂约决定不访问美国

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年10月24日 作者:美国之音(VOA News)

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尽管此前妨碍印度尼西亚军方首脑访问美国的问题已经解决,但是他已经决定不访问美国。

印尼武装部队总司令加托·努尔曼蒂约将军星期六准备与夫人一道登机前往美国,但是航空公司通知他,美国海关与边境保护局拒绝让他入境。

美国表示,这个问题迅速得到解决,这位将军也被安排至另外一个航班。

美国国土安全部新闻秘书戴维·拉潘星期一表示,“这位乘客被安排到另外一个航班,并允许登机。他自己选择放弃旅行”。

美国驻印尼副大使艾琳·麦克基星期一对这一事件表示道歉,并表示与印尼外长雷特诺·马苏迪举行会晤后,问题已经得到解决。

麦克基表示,“加托·努尔曼蒂约将军可以前往。没有限制。大使馆正在非常努力地了解这起事件的来龙去脉,我们希望这种情况不再发生”。

雷特诺·马苏迪外长表示,他与美国驻印尼大使约瑟夫·多诺万交谈时,这位大使也表达了“遗憾和道歉”,但是仅仅取消针对这位将军的旅行限制是不够的。

加托·努尔曼蒂约将军是受美国参谋长联席会议主席约瑟夫·邓福德将军的邀请,原本计划来美参加一次有关打击极端组织的会议。

美国和印尼之间的关系总体友好。印尼外交部发言人阿尔马纳塔·纳赛尔表示,雅加达对这起事件的反应将取决于华盛顿方面的解释。

Indonesian General Chooses Not to Travel to US

Indonesia's military chief has decided not to travel to the United States, though the initial issue preventing him from traveling was resolved.

Indonesian Armed Forces Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo was preparing to board a flight to the United States with his wife on Saturday when the airline informed him that U.S. Customs and Border Protection had denied him entry.

The United States said the issue was quickly resolved and the general was booked on another flight.

Department of Homeland Security press secretary Dave Lapan said Monday, "The passenger was rebooked on another flight and cleared to board. He chose not to travel."

U.S. Deputy Ambassador to Indonesia Erin McKee apologized for the situation Monday and said after meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi the matter had been resolved.

"General Gatot is able to travel. There are no restrictions," McKee said. "The embassy is working very hard to understand what transpired around this incident, and we hope that it will not happen again."

Marsudi said U.S. Ambassador Joseph Donovan also conveyed "regret and apology" when the two spoke, but that simply having travel restrictions against the general removed is not enough.

"We still need more clarification why the incident happened," Marsudi said.

Nurmantyo had been invited to a conference on extremist organizations by U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford.

Relations between the United States and Indonesia are generally friendly. Indonesia's Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said Jakarta's response to the incident would depend on Washington's explanation.

National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin and VOA's Indonesian Service contributed to this report.