The Jakarta Post
As Indonesia struggles to win the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has turned to foreign leaders to discuss strategies for addressing the global pandemic, which has wreaked havoc on the economy and healthcare systems around the world.
Jokowi posted on his Instagram account on Tuesday a collage of caricatures of himself and eight other leaders with whom he said he had recently spoken, including Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The post also includes United States President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
“We cannot possibly handle COVID-19 alone. We must join hands with all citizens of the world,” Jokowi said in the post on Tuesday.
“These talks lift my spirit. There is a spirit of solidarity among world leaders for nations to support and help one another.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that he had also discussed the global pandemic with Jokowi, whom he called his "good friend", to strengthen cooperation in fighting the virus.
“As close maritime neighbors and comprehensive strategic partners, close cooperation between India and Indonesia will be important to deal with the health and economic challenges posed by this crisis,” he tweeted.
Jokowi had also engaged in talks over the coronavirus outbreak with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, during which he thanked Seoul for helping Jakarta address the health crisis.
The foreign leaders Jokowi has spoken with are from countries ranked in the top 50 of 210 countries and territories with COVID-19 cases, according to worldometers.info.
As of Wednesday, the tally of COVID-19 infections has surpassed 3 million cases globally, with more than 210,000 fatalities across the globe.
The US, currently the hardest-hit country in the world, has recorded more than 1 million cases, accounting for nearly a third of all confirmed infections worldwide.
Indonesia, meanwhile, has recorded at least 9,511 coronavirus infections, according to the government's official tally on Tuesday afternoon.