The Jakarta Post
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo welcomed on Wednesday seven new foreign envoys who submitted their letters of credence, marking the start of their diplomatic duties in representing their countries in Indonesia.
The ceremony, which took place at Merdeka Palace, was held under strict COVID-19 health protocols.
The ambassadors were Guatemalan Ambassador Maynor Jacobo Cuyun Salguero, Egyptian Ambassador Ashraf Mohamed Moguib Sultan, Cuban Ambassador Tania Velazquez Lopez and Qatari Ambassador Fawziya Edrees Salman Al-Sulaiti.
Mauritanian Ambassador Mohammed At-Thalib Zain Al Abidin, Brazilian Ambassador Jose Amir da Costa Dornelles and United Arab Emirates Ambassador Abdulla Salem Obaid Salem Al Dhaheri also submitted their diplomatic credentials on Wednesday.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi accompanied the President during the ceremony. Also present were State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, presidential military secretary Maj. Gen Suharyanto and Presidential Secretariat head Heru Budi Hartono.
All officials and envoys in attendance wore masks and adhered to physical distancing protocols.