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President Jokowi visits Japan to meet G-7 leaders

  • Arif Gunawan Sulistiyono
    Arif Gunawan Sulistiyono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 26, 2016   /  11:27 am
President Jokowi visits Japan to meet G-7 leaders French President Francois Hollande (center) walks on Ujibashi Bridge as he visits Ise Grand Shrine in Ise, Mie prefecture, Japan, on May 26, ahead of the first session of the G7 summit meetings. The leaders of the G-7 nations have arrived for a visit at Ise Jingu, a shrine that is the most hallowed site for Japan's indigenous Shinto religion. (Pool Photo, via AP/Toru Hanai)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has departed for Japan to meet with G-7 leaders, in response to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s invitation. The President is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech on stability and welfare topics at the G-7 Outreach Meeting.

The President departed from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta for Nagoya, Japan on Thursday morning. He will immediately go to Ise-Shima, where the leaders of the US, England, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan are set to hold the meeting.

“Addressing the issues of sustainable development, women empowerment and global health, Indonesia will highlight the importance of global partnership and the expansion of global health coverage,” said presidential communication team member Ari Dwipayana in Jakarta.

President Jokowi, he further said, expected Indonesia’s presence at the G-7 Outreach Meeting to contribute to tackling global issues and improving international partnerships in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) challenges.

In Japan, Jokowi is also scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with several world leaders, including French President François Hollande, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and the Japanese prime minister. Jokowi and Abe will carry out casual diplomacy talks.

First Lady Iriana joins the President on his Japan visit, along with State Secretary Pratikno, National Development Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil and Financial Services Authority (OJK) chairman Muliaman Hadad.

The entourage returns to Indonesia on Friday night. (ags)

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