Foreign leaders express commitment to strengthen bilateral ties

And the President has also conveyed similar commitment, that in future Indonesia will remain committed to strengthen bilateral relations with those countries

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Several foreign leaders while meeting President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana ahead of the presidential inauguration ceremony, have expressed their commitment to strengthen bilateral ties with Indonesia.

“They have expressed commitment to continuously strengthen bilateral cooperation with Indonesia. The President expressed gratitude for the presence of the guests including those coming from far away, to attend this inauguration ceremony,” Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi said at the Merdeka Palace here on Sunday.

Among the guests are Brunei Darussalam’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison and spouse Jenny Morrison, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs. Ho Ching, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen and King of Eswatini Mswati III and his wife Siphelele Mashwama.

“And the President has also conveyed similar commitment, that in future Indonesia will remain committed to strengthening bilateral relations with those countries,” Retno Marsudi said.

The Sultan told Jokowi that his country wanted to strengthen ties with Indonesia and expressed gratitude to Indonesians living in Brunei for their contribution in supporting the economic development in Brunei, the minister said.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Jokowi held a tete-a-tete meeting, and Minister Marsudi was not present in the meeting.

Singapore’s Prime Minister and Jokowi discussed cooperation in digital economic, she added.

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen and Jokowi talked about economic cooperation and the presence of several Indonesian pharmaceutical companies in Cambodia.

“And now we are offering several Indonesian strategic industrial products including from PT INKA (railway company),” she said.

In the meeting with the King of Eswatini, the two leaders discussed about economic cooperation, particularly Indonesia’s interest in participating in infrastructure development in the African kingdom.

After the inauguration ceremony, Jokowi is scheduled to receive courtesy calls among others from China’s Vice President Wang Qishan, Vietnam’s Vice President ng Th Ngc Thnh, Myanmar’s Vice President Henry Van Thio, the South Korean President’s Special Envoy Noh Young-min, the Filipino President’s Special Envoy Theodoro Locsin Jr, the Japanese Prime Minister’s Special Envoy Nakayama Norihiro, the United Arab Emirates President’s Special Envoy Sheikh Nahyan Mabarak Al Nahyan, and the US President’s Special Envoy Elaine L. Chao.

Source: ANTARA News