Dutch Prime Minister and His Large Delegations Visit Show Trust to Indonesia
Date 23 November 2016
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his large delegation visited President Joko Jokowi Widodo at the Merdeka
Palace, Jakarta, on Wednesday (23/11) afternoon.
Arrived at the Palace at around 11.00 a.m., the Prime Minister was welcomed by the President himself. After signing the state guest book, the President took Mark Rutte to the back terrace of the Merdeka Palace and had a tête-à-tête meeting.
Atferwards, President Jokowi and the Prime Minister led their government delegations in a bilateral meeting, held at the Merdeka Palace.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte, welcome again to Indonesia. This is our second meeting. We first met three years ago when I was the Governor of Jakarta, the President said starting his remarks in the bilateral meeting.
President Jokowi expressed his happiness over the visit of the Dutch Prime Minister who was accompanied by three ministers as well as 200 businesspeople. It shows trust. A trust to Indonesia in investment sector, the President said.
The large delegation, according to the President, shows the Netherlands high commitment to keep enhancing the relations with Indonesia.
The President explained that for Indonesia, the Netherlands is one of the most important partners in Europe. In the future, the President added, Indonesia will continue to focus the cooperation with the Netherlands on a number of sectors, such as trade, investment, tourism, water management, infrastructure development, including maritime infrastructure.
On that occasion, the President was accompanied by Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut B. Pandjaitan, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya, Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, and Head of Investment Coordinating Board Thomas Lembong. (DNA/RAH/ES)(MMB/YM/Naster)