President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo (Jokowi), arrived at the White House, Washington DC, United States of America, on Monday, November 13.
President Jokowi’s arrival was greeted by an honor guard with troops carrying flags from all 50 states of the United States as a series of vehicles carrying President Jokowi entered the White House lawn. The two leaders then headed to the Oval Office, President Biden’s office in the White House, for a limited meeting.
In the one-on-one meeting between the two leaders, President Jokowi stated that the partnership between the two countries can contribute to world peace. Therefore, President Jokowi invited President Biden to help stop the conflict and atrocities occurring in Gaza.
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Previously, the head of state revealed that the United States is one of the most important partners for Indonesia, one of which is economic cooperation as a priority, including on issues related to the supply chain. Therefore, both leaders agreed to increase the partnership between the two countries until it became a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP).
On the occasion, President Biden said that the cooperation between Indonesia and the United States, which has grown into a comprehensive strategic partnership, signifies a new era of cooperation between the two countries in various fields, including increasing cooperation in security matter.
Furthermore, President Biden said that other things of concern that will continue to improve between the two countries are in terms of building a secure supply chain to address the climate crisis. This is because President Biden believes that Indonesia plays an important role in the transition towards clean energy.
President Jokowi affirmed that the partnership between the two countries can contribute to world peace
President Biden also pledged to continue enhancing cooperation between the United States and ASEAN to promote a free, open, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. On this occasion, President Biden also appreciated Indonesia’s leadership in ASEAN this year.
After the limited meeting, the two presidents then held a bilateral meeting, which was also attended by delegations from each country.
Also accompanying President Jokowi on his visit to the White House were the Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, the Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investments, Ad Interim Erick Thohir, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi, the Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology, Nadiem Makarim, the Minister of Health, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, the Minister of Commerce, Zulkifli Hasan, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Arifin Tasrif, and the Indonesian Ambassador to the United States, Rosan Roeslani.