The Jakarta Post
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo took Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to Southeast Asia's largest textile market in Central Jakarta on Thursday afternoon to show off the close ties between the two countries.
Jokowi and Turnbull went to the Blok A market of Tanah Abang complex on 2:20 p.m. after the two had an official meeting at the Merdeka Palace.
"[I] want to introduce Australia's prime minister to the people so that everyone knows the close relationship between Indonesia and Australia," he said as quoted by state news agency Antara.
"I also want to show to the prime minister the people's market. Tanah Abang Market is the biggest textile market in Southeast Asia," he said.
Entering the market in suits, the two state leaders took off their jackets when the heat became more intense after they entered the second floor.
Guarded by members of the presidential security detail, they were swarmed and tailed by hundreds of traders and visitors who greeted and took pictures.
Kompas.com also reported that Turnbull looked excited during his visit to Tanah Abang and took a selfie with Jokowi, which he later uploaded to his personal Twitter account @TurnbullMalcolm.
Turnbull, who was sworn in as prime minister in September after replacing Tony Abbot, expressed excitement about his state visit to Southeast Asia's largest economy.
He said that he had an excellent meeting with Jokowi discussing a variety of issues, such as infrastructure development and investment. He also showed a keen interest in future cooperation with Indonesia.
"We have never seen such rapid economic and technological growth like in Indonesia," he said as quoted by Antara.
Indonesia is the first country Turnbull has visited after rising to the position of prime minister. It was also the first visit by a top Australian official since relations between the two countries turned sour following the execution of Bali Nine duo and Australian citizens Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. (rin)
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