Indonesia Invites North Korean Leader to Attend Asian Games Opening Ceremony
Date 31 Juli 2018
Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani as a special envoy of President of the Republic of Indonesia paid a courtesy call to the Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in North Korean capital Pyongyang to extend an invitation to the North Korean Leader to attend the opening ceremony of Asian Games 2018.
Puan was received by Kim Yong Nam, the President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea at the courtesy call.
Indonesia highly appreciates supports given by the government and the people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for the 2018 Asian Games. We hope Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea can visit Indonesia to attend the opening ceremony in Jakarta, Puan said.
Indonesian President Joko Jokowi Widodo has previously issued an invitation for the North Korean Leader and the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea to attend the opening ceremony as a follow-up of the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula in which North Korea and South Korea will field a joint team at the Asian Games.
Puan went on to say that Indonesia as a friend of the two Koreas closely follow the positive development in the Korean peninsula and added that the Asian Games can be as a momentum to strengthen peace and friendship, including peace efforts in the Korean peninsula. She also handed over the 2018 Asian Games mascot to Kim Yong Nam.
In addition to the courtey call, Puan also met with Deputy Prime Minister Ri Ryong Nam to discuss efforts to promote cooperation between Indonesia and North Korea in the socio-cultural sector, including in the development of football, as well as in in the economic and fisheries sectors.
Also attending the courtesy call were Deputy Chief of the Indonesian National Police as Chief de Mission (CdM) of the Indonesian Team for the Asian Games Comr. Gen. Syafruddin, Indonesian Ambassador to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Bambang Hiendarsto, and Director of East Asia and Pacific Asia of Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Edi Yusup. (Biro Info Humas Kemenko PMK/EN). (EP/Naster)