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Jakarta Post

Jokowi invites Trump to Indonesia

  • Fedina S. Sundaryani

    The Jakarta Post

Hamburg, Germany   /   Sun, July 9, 2017   /   11:38 am
Jokowi invites Trump to Indonesia President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (left) and US President Donald Trump share a chuckle before commencing their maiden bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 8. (JP/Fedina S. Sundaryani)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has invited United States president Donald Trump to Indonesia during their first ever bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Jokowi told Trump on Saturday that the latter’s “millions of fans” in Indonesia were eager to see the former business tycoon visit the most-populated Southeast Asian country.

“They are only interested in one thing; when can you, personally, come to Indonesia? I can get into serious problems if I don’t bring back some good news for your millions of friends in Indonesia,” he said while chuckling.

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Trump replied shortly, “We’ll get there. It’s a place I’d like to go.”

During the opening of the bilateral meeting, Trump also mentioned that the US was interested in boosting business relations between the two countries.

Although the two met at the recent Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in May, this was the first time the two leaders had met in a bilateral meeting since Trump’s election.

US Vice President Mike Pence recently visited Indonesia during a tour of Asia in April, during which he also stated US’ intentions to increase trade with Indonesia, but also highlighted that there were still many barriers preventing US businesses from entering the Indonesian market. (ags)