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Jakarta Post

Indonesia to invite Kim Jong-un, Moon Jae-in to attend Asiad

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Grobogan, Central Java   /   Wed, July 18, 2018   /   07:20 pm
Indonesia to invite Kim Jong-un, Moon Jae-in to attend Asiad North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in walk across the military demarcation line ahead of the inter-Korean summit in the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27, 2018. (Reuters /Broadcaster via Reuters TV)

The government has extended its invitation to the leaders of the two Koreas, who recently held a historic meeting, to come to the 18th Asian Games, slated to be held in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra, a high-ranking official has revealed.

“The Foreign Affairs Minister will officially convey the invitation to the South Korean leader while I will relay the invitation to the North Korean leader,” Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani told the press on Wednesday in Mrapen, Grobogan, Central Java.

“We do hope that both leaders accept our invitations,” she added, referring to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in.

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has announced that the two Koreas will field joint teams to compete in canoeing, rowing and women’s basketball at the quadrennial sporting event.

The Indonesian authorities are currently working on final preparations for the Asian Games, which will kick off a month from now on Aug. 18. (swd)