President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani agree that peace building in Afghanistan should be supported by the country's economic development.
After the bilateral meeting of the two leaders of the country at Afghanistan's Agr Kabul Presidential Palace on Monday (29/1), President Jokowi said Indonesia and Afghanistan agreed to conduct various activities to build peace in Afghanistan
"We have finalized a plan of cooperation in peace building or peace building in Afghanistan. will increase the various activities that can help peace building and reconciliation in Afghanistan, "said President Joko Widodo.
Efforts to build and create peace in Afghanistan will also be accompanied by the building of economic activity in Afghanistan. President Joko Widodo promised to send a potential business delegation to Afghanistan in the first quarter of this year.
"I and President Ghani agree that peace building should be simultaneously sustained by economic development. " I also conveyed to President Ghani the readiness of Indonesian State-Owned Enterprise (SOE) to support infrastructure development in Afghanistan," added the President.
President Jokowi welcomes the use of As Salam Mosque for worship by the people of Afghanistan. The mosque was built at the expense of the Indonesian government and is located in a complex with the Indonesia Islamic Center.
"Indonesia will continue to build the Indonesian Islamic Center complex in Kabul City This is an example of cooperation in filling the process in Afghanistan The health clinic at the Islamic Center Indonesia complex will begin construction in the spring of 2018 to complement the As Salam Mosque, which has been in use by Afghans since 2015, "explained President Jokowi.
In the field of education, Jokowi said it would help the cost of studying Afghan students who excel. "Indonesia will also provide scholarships for 100 Afghan students," he explained
Peace Prize Award for Jokowi
In a luncheon with President Jokowi and his entourage, President Ghani bestows Medal of Ghazi Amanullah to President Jokowi . The medal is a form of respect for Afghanistan to the figure of Joko Widodo for the determination and courage in advancing bilateral relations between Indonesia and Afghanistan, especially in peace building in Afghanistan.
State visit of President Joko Widodo in Afghanistan is quite dramatic. Terror threats overshadow the activities of President Jokowi in Afghanistan. January 21, 2018 or eight days before the arrival of Jokowi, a bomb exploded at the Intercontinental Hotel killed more than 20 people. The attack was claimed by the Taliban
January 24, 2018 or five days before the arrival of Jokowi, the international terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) killed three people in the charity Save the Children's office in Jalalabad.
Then on 27 January 2018 or two days before the arrival of Jokowi, a suicide bomber hit central Kabul. The perpetrator used an ambulance full of explosives.
In fact, on the day of Jokowi's arrival on Monday (29/1/2018), precisely two hours earlier, the military academy headquarters in Kabul were again attacked. A total of five Afghan soldiers were killed and 10 others wounded in an attack claimed by the ISIS.
President Joko Widodo expressed deep sorrow to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and all Afghans for a series of violent incidents in Afghanistan.
Minister Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia Retno Marsudi explains just like in Afghanistan, during a working visit in five southern Asian countries, Jokowi always appealed to the message of peace in Asian region especially Indo Pacific
"So this is a message the President consistently brought to all his visits in South Asia, from Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the message on the importance of creating peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific circle becomes very important, "explained Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.
During his South Asian tour, Jokowi made his fourth state visit countries, namely Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. Jokowi also attended the Asean-India Summit in India. [aw/ab]