President Jokowi Invites Russia to Participate in Middle East Peace Efforts
Date 10 Februari 2016
President Joko Jokowi Widodo on Wednesday morning (10/2) at the Merdeka Palace received Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai P. Patrushev.
Referring to the statement delivered by Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno LP Marsudi after accompanying the President, the meeting that lasted nearly an hour discussed measures to strengthen cooperation on security sector.
Furthermore, Retno added, the meeting also discussed the situation in the Middle East and cooperation to bring peace and stability to the region.
The President explained the efforts which have been made by Indonesia and invited Russia to participate in the efforts to bring peace to the Middle East, Retno said to the reporters.
In the meeting, Patrushev reiterated the invitation from the Government of the Republic of Russia to President Jokowi to attend the Russia-ASEAN Summit to be held in May, in Sochi, Russia.
The President said that he will attend, Insya Allah, Retno said.
President Jokowi, Retno added, also verbally invited Russia to attend as an observer at the upcoming Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Extraordinary Summit to be held in Jakarta in March 2016.
Russia is one of the four observers. The President verbally invited Russia to the Summit, although we have the written invitation as well, Retno said.
Accompanying the President in the meeting were Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna H. Laoly, and Indonesian National Police Chief Badrodin Haiti.