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JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Vice President Jusuf Kalla revealed that he had experienced unpleasant treatment by the airport authorities in the United States due to administrative errors in computer systems.
At that time, the plane he was holding was held at Los Angeles airport for one hour while heading to Lima, Peru to attend the APEC summit in November 2016.
"The reason there are passengers is not clear, there are staff who have to go to midnight phone to Washington," said Kalla at the Vice Presidential Palace, Jakarta, Thursday (26/10/2017).
"My plane, I myself was stuck.Are you able to make it.Already on the plane an hour can not go, so the computer went wrong, yes it went wrong," added Kalla.
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Therefore, Kalla said, not only the TNI Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo who had experienced an unpleasant incident related to Uncle Sam's country.
"Yes the name (computer) is also man-made, so in my opinion the debate has been.In the end have apologized," said Kalla.
According to Kalla, for his self and TNI Commander does not happen again. The US needs to improve its computer system.
"It's a system, if one of the alarms goes off, the plane to America before leaving as its manifest should be sent to America, that this is what is coming," he said.
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Previously, TNI Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo was banned from entering US territory on Saturday (21/10/2017). At that time the TNI Commander and the delegation were still at Soekarno-Hatta Airport and were about to check in."The TNI Commander is ready to leave on Emirates, but just before departure there is a notice from the airline that the TNI Commander and the delegation should not enter the US territory," said TNI Head of Information Center Major General Wuryanto.
In fact, at that time, Gatot and the delegation had pocketed a visa from the US to attend the Chiefs of Defense Conference on Countering Violent Extremist Organization.
The TNI Commander is officially invited by the Commander of the United States Armed Forces (US). General Joseph F Dunford who was a friend and a senior.
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On the occasion, the US Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph Donovan apologized to Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi regarding the refusal of TNI Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo to enter the United States.
"US Ambassador Joseph Donovan has apologized to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia Retno Marsudi for the inconvenience experienced by General Gatot," the written statement of the US Embassy in Indonesia published on the official website of the United States Embassy on Sunday (22/10 / 2017).
Gatot Nurmantyo is banned from entering US territory on Saturday (21/10/2017). At that time the TNI Commander and the delegation were still at Soekarno-Hatta Airport and were about to check in.