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UN chief, Mahathir to visit Palu: Wiranto

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 9, 2018   /   06:47 pm
UN chief, Mahathir to visit Palu: Wiranto Girls walk past shelters after showering in the front yard of the Darussalam Grand Mosque in Palu on Oct. 5. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad are scheduled to visit disaster-stricken areas in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto said Tuesday.

The two guests plan to visit Palu, which suffered damages because of a recent 7.4-magnitude earthquake and tsunami, on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund-World Bank (IMF-WB) Annual Meetings in Nusa Dua, Bali, Wiranto said.

"We have to make best arrangements to secure their visit to Palu and ensure their safe trip," Wiranto said after a coordination meeting to discuss preparations for their visit at his office.

Wiranto said planes to Palu were busy carrying humanitarian supplies, while disaster-response and relief efforts were still ongoing in the disaster-affected areas.

"Amid the situation, we have to receive the guests and, thus, we should make arrangements, including to decide on [...] who will provide guidance and which [places] will be visited," he added.

Meanwhile, National Police deputy chief Comr. Gen. Ari Dono Sukmanto said that Guterres and Mahathir would probably visit Petobo subdistrict in Palu, and Sigi and Donggala regencies and the authorities would ensure security for them.

"We will prepare security measures on certain routes to ensure a smooth visit [for the guests]," he said. (evi)