President Jokowi Kicks Off Working Visits in Three ASEAN Countries
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Tuesday (01/09) is set to undertake a series of working visits to three ASEAN countries, including the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei Darussalam.
The President and his limited entourage departed via Halim Perdanakusuma Airport onboard the Indonesian Presidential Aircraft-1 on Tuesday afternoon.
“This afternoon, a limited number of delegates and I will be visiting the Philippines, Vietnam, and Brunei Darussalam for a working visit. Our last visit to these three countries has been over five years. Their leaders have also visited Indonesia, some even up to five times, including prime ministers and presidents,” the President said.
According to the President, the working visit to the Philippines marks the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and the Philippines.
He went on to say that the Philippines holds a significant role as a trade partner for Indonesia as they frequently purchase Indonesian defense equipment products.
Indonesia has also made substantial investments in the Philippines, he added.
“Vietnam is one of Indonesia’s strategic trade partners, and the accomplishment of trade targets has been improving every year. Therefore, we aim to discuss achieving even better trade targets,” he said.
Regarding a working visit to Brunei Darussalam, the Head of State revealed that he will meet with Brunei businessmen and attend the wedding invitation of the Crown Prince of Brunei Darussalam Prince ‘Abdul Mateen.
“This visit comes in response to an invitation from Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah for his son Prince Mateen’s wedding, making it a special occasion in Brunei Darussalam. Additionally, there will be meetings with Bruneian businessmen to explore investment opportunities in Indonesia,” the President remarked.
For the record, President Jokowi and his limited entourage are scheduled to head back to Indonesia on January 14, 2024. (TGH/ST) (RIF/EP)