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World leaders congratulate President Jokowi on his reelection

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 22, 2019   /   09:22 pm
World leaders congratulate President Jokowi on his reelection Five more years: President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is accompanied by running mate Ma’ruf Amin as he delivers a victory speech to residents of Johar Baru in Central Jakarta on Tuesday. (JP/Seto Wardhana )

Incumbent leader Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin were declared winners of the April 17 election in the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, following an announcement of the official count by the General Elections Commission (KPU).

Here are some of the comments and reactions the pair has received from world leaders, in no particular order:

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad:

“I congratulate Mr. @jokowi for his official victory as President of the Republic of Indonesia. I hope that cooperation between the two countries will become even closer after this,” Mahathir wrote in Malay on his official Twitter account @chedetofficial.

Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister:

“As a friend of a nation with similarities, I am optimistic that the relationship between the two countries will continue to deepen and be of good use to the people. I pray that Ir. Hj. Joko Widodo will be blessed with good health and resolve in facing the coming twists and turns of being a leader,” Wan Azizah said in a Malay press statement.

Scott Morrison, Australian Prime Minister:

“Warmest congratulations @jokowi on your reelection as President of Indonesia. Indonesia is one of Australia’s most important strategic relationships. We look forward to further deepening ties between [Australia] and [Indonesia] across all our shared interests,” Morrison said on his official Twitter account @ScottMorrisonMP.

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong:

“My warmest congratulations on your reelection as President of the Republic of Indonesia! The strong mandate you received reflects the trust that Indonesians have demonstrated in your continued leadership and your vision to uplift the lives of all Indonesians,” Lee said in a congratulatory letter distributed to the media.

“I look forward to working closely with you to build on what we have achieved and to explore new opportunities for cooperation, for the benefit of our peoples.”

Singaporean President Halimah Yacob:

“Your convincing victory is a testament to the trust and confidence that the Indonesian people have in your leadership. I am certain that you will build on the strong foundation of your first term to create a better future for all Indonesians,” she said in a congratulatory letter. 

Chinese Prime Minister Xi Jinping:

According to an English statement on the Chinese Embassy to Indonesia’s official website, President Xi has sent a congratulatory message to Jokowi on behalf of the Chinese government, its people and himself.

“President Xi attached great importance to the China-Indonesia relationship and is ready to work with President Joko Widodo on the foundation built over the past five years to elevate the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership to an even greater height.”

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe:

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe phoned in on Wednesday to congratulate President Jokowi for his election win. According to a statement from the Japanese Embassy, Abe said he looked forward to strengthening relations between the two nations.

“Prime Minister Abe said that Indonesia was a very important partner for Japan because the two countries had shared universal values such as freedom of human rights, democracy and the rule of law,” Abe said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi:

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted his congratulatory remarks on Twitter.

“As two large democracies, we take collective pride in a successful celebration of democracy. We wish you and the people of Indonesia all success under your dynamic leadership. As our nations mark seven decades of our diplomatic relationship, I look forward to working closely with you to further deepen our bilateral Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” he tweeted both in English and in Indonesian.

United States President Donald Trump:

In a congratulatory letter, Trump said Indonesia was setting an example for nations around the world for having administered a concurrent presidential and legislative elections with a voter turnout of 80 percent. 

“We share common views about the region and the importance of upholding the rule of law and protecting fundamental freedoms. The United States welcomes Indonesia’s leadership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the United Nations Security Council and other organizations,” he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin:

According to a statement issued by his office, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Jokowi was known as a principled advocate of the development of friendly relations with his country. Putin expressed confidence that Jokowi would help further expand cooperation between the two countries further. 

“The President of Russia reaffirmed his readiness for continued constructive dialogue and joint work for the benefit of the peoples of Russia and Indonesia,” the statement reads.

Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc:

According to an article carried by state-run Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and reproduced by Vietnam Plus, General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong as well as Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc “sent congratulations on May 21 to Indonesian President Joko Widodo on his re-election”.

“They hoped with the effort and determination of the two countries’ leaders, the Vietnam-Indonesia strategic partnership will continue to develop with great strength for the benefit of their peoples and for the peace, stability and prosperity of the ASEAN Community.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:

Prime Minister Trudeau spoke with President Jokowi in a telephone conversation, according to a readout on the Prime Minister's website. Trudeau also took to Twitter to convey his message.

"I spoke with @jokowi today to congratulate him on his reelection as President of Indonesia. We spoke about our areas of common interest & strengthening the important economic ties between Canada and Indonesia," he said.

Both leaders indicated they looked forward to meeting soon to advance their cooperation.

Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission President, and Donald Tusk, European Council President:

European Commission President Juncker and European Council President Tusk jointly wrote a letter "to congratulate Joko Widodo on his reelection as President of the Republic of Indonesia", a spokeswoman of the European Council said in a Youtube video posted on Friday.

"Indonesia is a key political, economic and trade partner of the European Union. As two of the world's largest democracies, we look forward to deepening this partnership further."

"We wish you and your government every success and look forward to continuing to work with you bilaterally but also within ASEAN, ASEM, G20 and the United Nations building on our commitment to multilateralism and the rules-based international order."

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė:

“I strongly hope that the trust given to you once again by the people will serve as a source of energy to continue the work and responsibly deliver the goals set for the welfare and security of the people of Indonesia,” Grybauskaitė said in her official website on Tuesday. 

Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah:

According to state-run Kuwait News Agency, the Kuwaiti Emir sent a cable of congratulations to Jokowi on Tuesday.

“His Highness the Amir wished utmost wellbeing for President Widodo, as well as everlasting prosperity for the friendly of Indonesia and for bilateral relations further development,” the statement reads. 

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani:

The Qatari ruler has also sent a cable of congratulations to Jokowi, as reported by Doha-based English language daily The Peninsula.