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Jakarta Post

Eight ambassadors submit letters of credence to Jokowi

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 13, 2018   /   03:11 pm
Eight ambassadors submit letters of credence to Jokowi President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (left) flanked by Foreign Minister Retno LP. Marsudi chats with US Ambassador for Indonesia Joseph R Donovan Jr following receiving the latter's letter of credential at the Merdeka Palace on Jan. 12. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

Eight foreign ambassadors have submitted letters of credence to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Monday at Merdeka Palace to begin their official duties in Indonesia.

Six of the eight envoys are resident ambassadors: Ulugbek Rozukulov from Uzbekistan, Songphoi Sukchan from Thailand, Pham Vinh Quang from Vietnam, Dziunik Aghajanian from Armenia, Abdul Salik Khan from Pakistan and Lee Hiong Tan Wae from the Philippines.

The two others are non-resident ambassadors. David Goldwin Pollard from Guyana and Stella Budiriganya from Burundi will be posted to their respective embassies in New Delhi, India.

The President received the letters of credence from the new envoys at 9:45 a.m., after which Jokowi, accompanied by Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi, invited each ambassador to the veranda to discuss bilateral issues. 

Jokowi held separate talks that lasted several minutes with each ambassador.

"Most of the new ambassadors conveyed their sympathies and condolences for Lombok [earthquake victims]," Retno said.

She was referring to the recent 7-magnitude quake that killed nearly 400 people on the holiday island of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara.

"The discussions [with each envoy] focuses on developing economic cooperation," she added. (dmr)