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Jakarta Post

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister to visit Indonesia

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 19, 2018   /   10:44 am
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister to visit Indonesia US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (left) meets with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh on Oct. 16. Pompeo held talks with King Salman seeking answers over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, amid US media reports the kingdom may be mulling an admission he died during a botched interrogation. LEAH MILLIS / POOL / AFP (AFP/-)


Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, will visit Indonesia to meet his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi for the first joint commission meeting between the two countries next week.

The meeting on Tuesday will be a follow up to  King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud's visit to Indonesia in March last year.

"The two foreign ministers will review the various cooperation that have been carried out in the past year," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arrmanatha Nasir said in a press briefing in Jakarta on Thursday.

A number of agreements pertained to religion, culture, trade, health, air transportation, higher education, maritime affairs and fisheries and combating transboundary crime, as well as development and export financing.

In the trade sector, Indonesia will encourage wider market access to export tropical fruit products, namely mangosteen, banana and mango.

"This is important to discuss because Saudi Arabia is Indonesia's largest trading partner in the Middle East," Arrmanatha said.

In addition, one of the main issues that would be raised is the protection of more than 600,000 Indonesian citizens living in Saudi Arabia, mostly domestic workers.

Indonesia's main concerns include the protection of Indonesian citizens on death row.

"This has become an integral issue [to be discussed], especially when talking with Saudi Arabia," Arrmanatha said.

There are 16 Indonesian citizens facing qisasor death sentences in Saudi Arabia. Most of them were charged for murder or performing or practicing magic.