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Jokowi, Rouhani talk about deepening ties to fight COVID-19 pandemic

  • Apriza Pinandita
    Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 29, 2020   /   12:26 pm
Jokowi, Rouhani talk about deepening ties to fight COVID-19 pandemic Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a joint news conference with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan (not pictured) after their meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Dec. 20, 2018. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (Reuters/Umit Bektas)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had a fruitful conversation over the phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday, during which they stressed the importance of cooperation in the fight against COVID-19.

The two leaders acknowledged the friendly relationship between their countries and highlighted the further development of ties and cooperation between Tehran and Jakarta to serve both nations’ interests, Iranian news outlet ISNA reported.

Rouhani also congratulated Indonesians on the holy month of Ramadan, expressing hope that it would bring only blessings for all Muslims.

The leaders also talked about the COVID-19 pandemic and the two countries’ plans to fight the highly contagious disease. During the telephone conversation, Jokowi and Rouhani also shared each country’s experiences and scientific achievements as well as plans to develop cooperation to meet each other’s needs.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has achieved good success in the field of science and technology and supplying and manufacturing requirements such as test kits, ventilators, CT scans and N95 masks and is ready to cooperate and interact with Indonesia in this regard,” Rouhani said as quoted by ISNA on Monday.

As of Wednesday, Iran has recorded 92,584 cases of COVID-19, with 5,877 deaths, Worldometers recorded.

Meanwhile, Indonesia has reported 9,511 confirmed cases with 773 fatalities.

The State Palace was not immediately available for comment when asked about Jokowi's call with Rouhani. But the Iranian Embassy in Jakarta has confirmed it.

On Tuesday, Jokowi stressed on his official Twitter account the need for solidarity among nations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID-19 knows no borders, ethnicities and religions. It is impossible to fight it alone. That’s why I have been talking to several leaders of countries such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the United States, China, Russia, Japan, Singapore, Australia and others, in the spirit of solidarity and helping each other,” he said.