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Jakarta Post

Jokowi welcomes Brunei sultan to Bogor Palace

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Bogor   /   Thu, May 3, 2018   /   12:30 pm
Jokowi welcomes Brunei sultan to Bogor Palace President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (left) and Brunei Darussalam’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (right) walk together during a welcome ceremony at the Bogor Palace on Thursday. (JP/Marguerite Afra Sapiie)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and First Lady Iriana welcomed  Brunei Darussalam’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and his wife, HM Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha, to the Bogor Palace in West Java on Thursday.

After the welcome ceremony, Jokowi and Bolkiah planted a tree together in the backyard of the palace. The sea poison tree was labeled a pohon perdamaian (peace tree), symbolizing the peaceful relations between the two countries.

Jokowi asked the Brunei Darussalam monarch about whether the tree type existed in Brunei.

"Yes, there are," Bolkiah said.

The two leaders proceeded with their bilateral talks, during which they were expected to discuss various bilateral issues, including economic cooperation and investment, as well as better cooperation in regard to migrant workers.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told journalists on Wednesday that Jokowi and Bolkiah's discussion on migrant workers would be formulated into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) by Retno and her Brunei counterpart.

There are at least 80,000 Indonesians in Brunei Darussalam--a country located on the north coast of the island of Borneo--which has a total population of 400,000 people, Retno said.

Jokowi is scheduled to invite Bolkiah to watch a joint practice of the Indonesian Military's (TNI) three armed forces at the TNI’s headquarters in Cilangkap, East Jakarta, on Thursday afternoon. (ahw)