President Jokowi Delivers Public Lecture at South Korea’s Hankuk University

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 11 September 2018
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President Jokowi delivers public lecture at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday (11/9). (Photo: Rahmat/PR)

President Jokowi delivers public lecture at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday (11/9). (Photo: Rahmat/PR)

President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo delivered a public lecture before of hundreds of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) students in Seoul, Tuesday (11/9) during his state visit to South Korea.

On the occasion, President Jokowi – the 18th head of state invited to give a lecture at the university –  recalled his memorable visit to the location of Rohingya ethnic refugee shelters from Rakhine State, Myanmar, at Jamtoli Camp, Ukhiya Sub-District, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, in January this year.

The President also conveyed his views on Korean Peninsula peace process, as well as the excellent characteristics showed by world leaders, such as honesty, courage, and hard work and praised the initiatives of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to hold a recent meeting as a new page in the history of peace in the Korean Peninsula.
“It is a history, as Koreans are close brothers of one race, so it is common for them to meet, and I am happy to see it,” the President said.

In another part of the lecture, the President said: “Many highly respected speakers have delivered public lecture here at HUFS, including President Barack Obama, President Gorbachev and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,” said President Jokowi.

However, the President continued, none of those leaders has ever taken an acrobatic action like what he did at the opening of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, August 18, 2018. “Among them, no one has ever jumped from a car and ride a motorcycle,” said President Jokowi followed by a thunderous applause from the audience.

“The Asian Games this year really demonstrated the spectacular human capital in Asia,” the President added, referring to more than 11 thousand athletes and 2,500 officials from 45 countries involved in the contests in 40 sport branches, making the Games the biggest in history.
The President also highlighted the good moment when Korean athletes united in the parade under one United Korea flag.

After the public lecture, President Jokowi received a UHFS college jacket and took pictures with the students.

Accompanying President Jokowi on the occasion were Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs Wiranto, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, and Indonesian Ambassador to South Korea Umar Hadi.

The President and his entourage left Hankuk University to the Seoul Air Base and continue to visit Vietnam to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) on ASEAN. (DNS / RAH / ES) (STU/EP/Naster)

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