President Jokowi Welcomes Indian PM at Merdeka Palace
Date 30 Mei 2018
President Joko Jokowi Widodo on Wednesday (30/5) at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who paid his first state visit to Indonesia.
PM Narendra Modi and his entourage arrived at Merdeka Palace at 10:15 pm Western Indonesian Times. The convoy was escorted by marching band, horse cavalry, and Presidential Security Details (Paspampres) wearing traditional costume.
President Jokowi and PM Narendra Modi then attended the state ceremony during which they listened to the national anthem of both countries interspersed with a 19-gun salute. Afterwards, the two leaders walked on the red carpet to inspect the troops and salute the flags of the two countries brought by the Paspampres.
President Jokowi engaged in a conversation with Prime Minister Modi as they walked down the line of children dressed in traditional costume. The event continued with photo session, guest book filling, Veranda Talk, bilateral meeting, MoU announcement, and joint press statement.
“This visit is very timely amid the world of uncertainty,” President Jokowi said when delivering his remarks at the bilateral meeting of the delegations from both countries. The President added that the state visit will give new energy for bilateral relations between the two countries that will commemorate 70th anniversary of their relation next year.
The President also expressed his hope that the partnership between Indonesia and India will be able to contribute to a stable, peaceful, and prosperous world. “In the bilateral context, I am happy to see the progress of relations between India and Indonesia,” President Jokowi further said.
With such a rapid development of the bilateral relation, according to the President, it is time for Indonesia and India to have a comprehensive strategic partnership, which must include concrete cooperation and must be realized through increased interaction between the two countries and their leaders.
“Let’s welcome this comprehensive strategic partnership by working harder for a mutually beneficial relation,” President Jokowi concluded.
Also attending the event were Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani, Coordinating Minister for the Maritime Luhut B. Pandjaitan, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, Minister of Health Nila F. Moeloek, Minister of Transportation Budi K. Sumadi, Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita, and Head of Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Thomas Lembong. (DNA/JAY/ES) (RI/EP/Naster)