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President Jokowi departs for APEC, ASEAN summits

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 10, 2017   /   03:05 pm
 President Jokowi departs for APEC, ASEAN summits Closer relations: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo shakes hand with ruling Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Throng after they conveyed a press statement at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Aug.23. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo left Jakarta on Friday on a working visit to Da Nang, Vietnam, and Manila, the Philippines.  

The President will attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Da Nang from Nov. 8-10 and the ASEAN summit in Manila from Nov. 10-14.

Jokowi and First Lady Iriana departed from Halim Perdanakusuma air base in East Jakarta at 10:30 a.m.

Indonesia will fight for ways to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to close economic gaps during the APEC meeting, kompas.com reported. In Manila, delegates from Jakarta will push for greater cooperation among ASEAN countries.

Jokowi said he wanted ASEAN to be beneficial to all members. “It has to give concrete benefits,” he said. (ahw)