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Jokowi dines with Turnbull ahead of ASEAN summit

  • Anton Hermansyah
    Anton Hermansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Sydney   /   Sat, March 17, 2018   /   09:05 am
Jokowi dines with Turnbull ahead of ASEAN summit Warm welcomes: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo greets members of the Indonesian diaspora on Friday evening, shortly after arriving at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney, Australia. (JP/Anton Hermansyah)

Shortly after arriving in Australia on Friday evening and receiving a warm welcome at Sydney's Four Seasons Hotel, which included members of the Indonesian diaspora, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo headed to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s residence for a dinner.

Jokowi departed at 7:30 p.m. local time for Turnbull’s residence at Point Piper, which is only a 15-minute drive from the Four Seasons Hotel.

“The dinner at the Australian prime minister's private mansion is a sign of a very close relationship between the two leaders,” said Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi during a press conference on Friday at the Four Seasons.

The dinner was not open to journalists.

For his visit during the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, Jokowi was provided with an Australian-made car. The white Holden Caprice was fitted with a special license plate for the summit with the number 041.

Retno said the summit would begin on Saturday. Jokowi would meet Turnbull again in a bilateral meeting, after which he was scheduled to deliver remarks at a CEO forum along with the Australian prime minister. (ebf)