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Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Saudi Arabia aim to strengthen bilateral ties

  • Anton Hermansyah
    Anton Hermansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 1, 2017   /  06:34 pm
Indonesia, Saudi Arabia aim to strengthen bilateral ties Warm welcome: Visiting King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (left) and President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo greet journalists after the welcoming ceremony at the Bogor Palace in West Java on March 1. (MI/POOL/Panca Syurkani/via JP)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his Saudi Arabian counterpart, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, utilized the latter’s visit to Indonesia as momentum to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

Jokowi said both Indonesia and Saudi Arabia would always have a special relationship. Citing facts, the President said Indonesia was the country with the largest Muslim population in the world and that in 1947, Saudi was among the first countries that acknowledged Indonesia’s independence.

“Indonesia and Saudi Arabia are two big countries with an important influence in the region. It is a good thing for us to increase the cooperation. The majesty’s visit is momentum to strengthen the relationship between Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, which have united through Islam, brotherhood and a mutually beneficial relationship,” he said at the Bogor Palace on Wednesday.

(Read also: King Salman gets warm welcome in Bogor)

The President said he prayed for King Salman, his family and all Saudi Arabian citizens that they would always be healthy and prosperous.

In reply to Jokowi’s pray, King Salman expressed his gratitude and thanked him for the invitation as well as the warm welcome.

"I pray to Allah that this meeting can strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries. I also pray to Allah to always give success to all of us," he said through an interpreter.


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