Jokowi bestows highest medal to Swedish king
The Jakarta Post
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has honored King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden with the Bintang Adipurna medal, the country's highest award to a foreign statesman, after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two countries at the Bogor Palace in West Java on Monday.
The award was honored based on the king's contributions to various subjects that had strengthened ties between the two countries and to accolade the same honor, Jokowi received the Royal Order of Seraphim from the Swedish leader, according to a press statement issued by the State Palace.
After visiting the palace, the Swedish monarchs planted ironwood trees at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
CIFOR researcher Herry Purnomo said he expected the bilateral cooperation to result in transfer knowledge, particularly in regard to the implementation of information and technology.
The king and Queen Silvia will be in Indonesia from Monday to Wednesday, during which they will attend various events. Swedish Infrastructure Minister Anna Johansson and a total of 31 representatives from various Swedish companies are also visiting. (Theresia Sufa)
- Japan to offer e-visa to tourists starting April 2020
- Meikarta graft case: KPK searches residence of Lippo Group CEO James Riady
- Arsonist sentenced to 24 years for Texas mosque burning
- Here are 10 of the most populated cities in the world
- Latest list of Michelin stars in Seoul released
- Indonesia’s competitiveness improves, but still well below Singapore, Malaysia
- The other side of Korea: Art, food and history
- Teen arrested for alleged rape of young earthquake survivor
- Indonesian religious minister denounces LGBT, but calls for people’s empathy
- Rupiah projected at Rp 15,000 per US dollar in 2019 state budget