Indonesian President Joko Widodo has expressed his pleasure at receiving His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, describing his visit to Indonesia as an important event as it is the first state visit of His Highness the Emir to the country.
Widodo said it was a symbolic visit as it coincided with the passage of 41 years of the Qatari-Indonesian diplomatic relations.
The President of Indonesia and His Highness the Emir spoke at a press conference on Wednesday after the two countries signed agreements at the Bogor Presidential Palace in Jakarta.
The President noted the economic nature of the visit, praising at the same time the Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) signed in various fields.
He said that during the talks the two sides discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries, especially in the infrastructure and tourism sectors, and agreed to follow up what was discussed during the meetings held between the two sides, looking forward to further investment in Indonesia.
Widodo also referred to the Indonesian community residing in Qatar and their contribution to the development, pointing out that the two sides also agreed to strengthen cooperation and maintain the unity of the nation in the face of various challenges.
Qatar ready for dialogue
For his part, His Highness the Emir expressed pleasure over his visit to Indonesia, noting the issues of mutual interest that were addressed during the talks, especially in the areas of investment, infrastructure, energy and tourism.
The Emir also noted the agreement signed between the two countries to complete the follow-up of the topics that have been agreed upon, expressing optimism for positive results after this visit.
His Highness the Emir pointed out that Indonesia is an important country in the Islamic world and the talks dealt with several issues, including the Rohingyas and their suffering, adding that there must be an urgent solution and that Qatar has provided assistance and it is the duty of countries to provide assistance to affected people. He also said that the Myanmar government must put an end to this problem.
The Emir indicated that the unjust siege on Qatar and its humanitarian effects on the people of Qatar and the Gulf countries were also discussed, stressing that Qatar is always ready for dialogue to resolve these issues because there is no winner, we are all brothers and we are all losers due to this crisis, and therefore Qatar is open to dialogue in accordance with agreements binding on all parties to respect the sovereignty of states.
His Highness the Emir concluded his press statement, wishing the Indonesian President and people further success and bilateral relations further consolidation for the aspirations of the two brotherly peoples.
Emir leaves Jakarta
His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani left Jakarta on Wednesday afternoon after a two-day state visit to Indonesia.
The Emir and the accompanying delegation were seen off upon departure at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport by Indonesia's Minister of Education and Culture Dr. Muhadjir Effendy, Qatar's Ambassador to Indonesia Ahmed bin Jassim al-Hamar, Indonesia's Ambassador to Qatar Muhammad Basri Sidehabi, a number of the heads of Arab diplomatic missions accredited to Indonesia and members of the Qatari Embassy.
His Highness the Emir was accompanied by an official delegation.
The Emir sent cables to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, expressing thanks and appreciation for the warm welcome accorded to him and the accompanying delegation during the visit which provided an opportunity to exchange views on issues of mutual interest and ways to strengthen the deep fraternal relations between the two countries in various fields for the good and interest of two peoples.
He also expressed appreciation to the President, wishing him health and happiness and to the friendly people of Indonesia further progress and prosperity. Last updated: October 18 2017 03:40 PM