The Jakarta Post
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)