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Jokowi should have known better about Saudi Arabia

  • Will Hickey
    Will Hickey

    Associate professor for the School of Government and Public Policy in Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Tue, May 2, 2017   /  02:54 pm
Jokowi should have known better about Saudi Arabia King Salman (second left) and Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (center) walk under umbrellas during heavy rain at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, on March 1. Salman arrived in the world's largest Muslim-majority nation on Wednesday as a part of a multi-nation tour aimed at boosting economic ties with Asia. AP/Pool/Achmad Ibrahim (AP/Pool/Achmad Ibrahim)

According to recent news that state visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to Indonesia did not yield the proscribed energy and infrastructure investment President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was seeking and which instead went to China and Malaysia. This is not really “news” for anyone who studies Saudi Arabia and its economy. It makes one wonder: Who is actually advising President Jokowi? It seems perhaps there are people who are clueless about the Middle-East and ongoing events developing there in terms of oil and gas advancement. They should be reprimanded, not for doing a disservice just to Jokowi, but to Indonesia en masse. Namely, these advisors need to showcase examples from KSA, not “kow- tow” for crumbs off the fossil fuel table. To be clear, Saudi Arabia is the main proxy for all things Middl...

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