There are some false news that the Government of Indonesia prohibits foreigners, especially foreigner who work for their government, are prohibited to visit Papua. But the fact is, now and then, foreigners visit Papua, without restrictions or prohibitions from the government. For instance, on 10 October 2016, the Vatican Ambassador, Mgr Antonio Guido Filipazzi visited Papua to carried out his pastoral visit. During his visit, he met many religious figures in Papua and also witnessed the progress of developments in Papua.
The Vatican Ambassador is not the only Ambassador that has visited Papua, on 11 August 2016, the Australian Ambassador, Paul Grigson has also visited Papua. During his visit, he was accompanied by the Head of Attorney General of Australia, George Brandish, Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs (Menkopolhukam), Wiranto, and Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan. Brandish and Grigson want to see directly the development of Papua on the hands of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).
“I was told by Mr. Wiranto and Mr. Luhut about the developments by the Indonesian government, such as health and education, and it’s good,” said Grigson. I met a Professor from other country at the airport and this is good. Having cooperation in education with other countries will develop Papua,” he continued, cited from Okezone.
During their visit to Papua, they are impressed with the rapid development in Papua on the hands of President Jokowi and they are proud of Indonesia-Australia good relationship. Their visit was also welcomed by the Papuan people. They were welcomed by hundreds of elementary students from Inpres Skow Say and East Moya Elementary School, waving the red and white flags Indonesian flag.
“This is my first time visiting Papua. I’m deeply touched by the warmth and the greeting of the Indonesian people. I saw with my own eyes that it is very good in here,” said Brandish, cited from CNNIndonesia.
They visit Papua as representatives from Australia, they have confirmed on the developments in Papua under President Jokowi. President Jokowi is indeed very serious and committed about developing Papua, in order to accelerate the economic growth and welfare of the Papuan people.