Press Statement of President of the Republic of Indonesia During Inauguration of Soedirman National Defense Central Hospital and 20 National Defense Force (TNI) Hospitals, in South Jakarta, Jakarta Province, February 19, 2024

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 19 Februari 2024
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Journalist
Mr. President, how did today’s hospital inauguration go?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
Once again, the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the crucial importance of healthcare facility preparedness. The construction of the Commander-in-Chief Soedirman National Defense Central Hospital by the Ministry of Defense will significantly enhance our emergency response capabilities. The establishment of these 20 new hospitals and the PPN Hospital, is of utmost importance not only for the TNI community but also for the wider public.

Journalist
Sir, yesterday you convened a meeting with Surya Paloh. What was the subject matter of that meeting with him, Sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
Well, it was just a common meeting.

Journalist
Did you extend an invitation for the meeting?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
We talked about political topics as well.

Journalist
Was it Surya Paloh who invited himself, or did you extend the invitation?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
I think regardless of who invited whom, the important thing is that the meeting happened. What matters most is the potential benefit it holds for our politics and our country

Journalist
Did you discuss coalition matters, Sir? What’s your take on the opposition, Sir, since PDIP mentioned they are prepared to take on the role of the opposition?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
You could ask the PDIP directly about the issue.

Journalist
Sir, what did you say to Nasdem Party? And what are your expectations regarding Pak Surya Paloh’s role within Nasdem?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
This is just the start. Once everything’s confirmed, we’ll inform you. But really, I’m just a mediator. What truly matters are the parties involved.

Journalist
As the bridge to the coalition, Sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
Bridge to everything. I want to be a bridge for everyone. Political matters will be the concern of parties.

(RIF/LW)

 

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