Starting on Thursday, President Jokowi Pay a Visit to Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines

By Alfurkon Setiawan
Date 4 Februari 2015
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Starting on Thursday, President Jokowi Pay a Visit to Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) according to the plan starting on Thursday (5/2), will make a state visit to the three ASEAN countries, i.e. Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines.

“I have an agenda of bilateral meetings with Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines starting on Thursday, but on Monday (9/2) I’ve been back to Indonesia,” said President Jokowi after opening the National Coordination Meeting (Rakornas) the Emergency of Drugs 2015, at Bidakara, Jakarta, Wednesday (4/2).

In this three-day visit, First Lady Iriana, as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi will accompany the President. Deputy Foreign Minister M Fachir Abdurachman previously said that the visit to these three countries is the first official visit of President Jokowi to friendly countries.

During the visit, Fachir said, President Jokowi will received directly by the respective heads of state and government. In addition to stay in touch, President Jokowi will discuss a number of bilateral relations in the field of economics and trade.

“Most of the agenda related to economic issues, economic and trade cooperation. Then including the issue of citizens, as if for Malaysia, also Brunei, as well as the Philippines,” A.M. Fachir said.

Discuss the Maritime Border

Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia Herman Prayitno, Monday (2/2), said that the state visit Jokowi is following the tradition that has been going on, “the first bilateral visit (to Malaysia) also reflect a bond of political, economic, cultural, and emotional between the two countries , “Herman said.

Herman assured Malaysia that in relation with the issue of the maritime border, Indonesia does not have the intention to expand the region. He asserted that Indonesia does not want to invade or seize the territory of the other nations. Herman also mentioned there would be no change in policy in Indonesia under the leadership of President Jokowi.

While issues related to the dispatch of Indonesian Workers (TKI) to Malaysia, according to Herman, Indonesia just want to send skilled professionals, such as in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors. “We want to reduce the number of housemaids dispatch because it is difficult for us to monitor,” he said (WID/ES)

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