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Jokowi departs for Turkey ahead of G20 summit in Germany

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Jakarta | Wed, July 5, 2017 | 03:33 pm
Jokowi departs for Turkey ahead of G20 summit in Germany President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo (Courtesy of the Presidential Office/File)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Wednesday departed for Ankara ahead of his visit to Hamburg, Germany, to attend the G20 summit slated for July 7 and 8.

During his official visit to Turkey, held in return of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s 2015 visit to Jakarta, Jokowi is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with the Turkish President.

“The President will use the visit to bolster bilateral cooperation in numerous areas, including the economy, strategic industries and counterterrorism,” the State Palace said in a statement on Wednesday.

(Read also: Russia urges dialogue, Jokowi calls Erdogan in Qatar-Gulf dispute)

Jokowi, First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo and his entourage are scheduled to arrive in Ankara on Wednesday night.

The President is expected to meet his Turkish counterpart on Thursday. They are scheduled also to launch negotiations to establish an Indonesian-Turkish Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).

Meanwhile, during the summit’s retreat session on July 7, Jokowi is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech on counterterrorism efforts.

With regard to the global economy, the President will underline the importance of joint action by the G20 countries to eradicate tax fraud to help the G20 play its role in bolstering inclusive, sustainable and equal economic growth, the statement says.

At the summit, the President is also set to have his first meeting with United States President Donald Trump. Jokowi also plans to meet leaders from Australia, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and possibly South Korea. (afr/bbn)

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