President Jokowi ends US visit, proceeds to UAE to offer condolences

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President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana Widodo left for home on Saturday local time (GMT-4) after a five-day working visit to the United States since May 10, 2022.

The president and his entourage took off from Andrews Military Base, Washington DC, US, on Saturday, at 05:38 p.m. local time aboard the Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia GIA-1 plane.

They were sent off by Indonesian Ambassador to the United States Rosan Roeslani and his wife.

The president is scheduled to make a stopover at Abu Dhabi International Airport, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on Sunday afternoon (GMT+4, May 15, 2022) local time to express his condolences to the UAE government and people, as well as the family of the late His Excellency Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The former president of UAE passed away on May 13, 2022.

President Jokowi and his entourage are expected to arrive home on Monday morning (May 16, 2022, UTC+7).

During his five-day visit in the US, he attended a series of meetings of ASEAN-US Special Summit (AUSS).

The summit agenda included a number of meetings with the members of the US Congress, CEOs of various American companies, as well as US Vice President Kamala Harris and Climate Change Team, and a summit between the ASEAN leaders and US President Joe Biden.

The Indonesian president also attended a dinner with leaders of other countries at the White House, Washington DC.

On the last day of his US visit, Jokowi reviewed the Space X rocket production facility in Boca Chica, US, and met the company’s founder, Elon Musk.

Indonesia currently serves as the coordinator of 2021-2024 ASEAN-US Dialogue Partnership.

During the summit, Jokowi had highlighted a number of issues, such as the importance of international cooperation on climate change mitigation, the Indonesia and ASEAN’s clean energy transformation potential and commitment, as well as the urgency to halt the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.

Source: ANTARA News