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COMMENTARY: Saudi investment: Not big but not too small

  • Hendarsyah Tarmizi

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, March 9, 2017   /  08:12 am
COMMENTARY: Saudi investment: Not big but not too small President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (center) along with Saudi Arabia's King Salman (right). (State Palace/Leily Rachev)

Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received a warm and friendly welcome from almost all the Indonesian people during his historic visit to the country, the first Saudi monarch to visit the world’s largest Muslim-majority country since 1970. The visit not only further deepened the two country’s long-established relations but also marked the Indonesian people’s strong emotional attachment to the Middle Eastern country, where nearly 1 million Indonesian Muslims conduct pilgrimages to Mecca each year. Besides top government officials, King Salman, who is still on vacation in Bali until Sunday, also met with religious leaders during his official visit in Jakarta. As many as 11 memorandums of understanding (MoU) on cooperation were signed during the king’s visit, covering a wide range of fields, including joint efforts to fight terrorism, people sm...