Jokowi Confirms Indonesia's Commitment to Build Peace in Afghanistan

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]

White House Proposes Big Fund to Build Wall Frontier

The White House issued a proposed immigration policy on Thursday (25/1).

For 1.8 million young immigrants who enter the US as a child or otherwise known as "Dreamers," will go a long way to acquire citizenship, under various conditions.

For those who are allowed to live under the DACA program, the path to becoming a citizen will take 10 to 12 years and meet the requirements, that is, to have a good job, education and moral character.

Earlier, President Donald Trump told reporters should inform the Dreamers that they need not be troubled.

The Trump Administration unexpectedly released the Immigration and Border Security Reform Framework four days earlier than the planned schedule.

Another element to be observed is the promise of the Trump campaign, $ 25 billion to build a wall along the border with Mexico. But the money could also be used for incoming and outgoing ports, as well as upgrades along the northern border with Canada.

Large family migrations, programs that allow immigrants to sponsor their families, will be eliminated. Only wives and underage children of citizens and green card holders will be allowed. The Trump Administration also called for the cessation of the visa lottery system for certain countries.

The White House hopes the Senate will be able to vote early next month before the Feb. 8 deadline, for congressmen to pass a budget bill allowing the government to continue operating. [19659003] Many members of Congress from the Democratic Party, as well as some Republican members opposed the vote on the draft budget law without any agreement on immigration.

If no law was passed on the issue of young immigrants on March 5, officials authorities warned on Thursday that they would be considered illegal immigrants and that when dealing with immigration officials would be immediately processed for deportation. [ps/jm]

Israel and Saudi Arabia Cooperation to Build Railways


Israel-Saudi Arabia begins to follow up the construction of the railway line connecting the country with the Arab countries. This development cost the Israeli budget of 4.5 million US dollars.

Daily Al Araby Al Jadeed reveals this railroad project is part of cooperation between economic megaproyek two countries. This rail will be used for the distribution of goods and people in Israel and the Arab countries passed.

The Israeli news site based in London, England, Yedioth Ahronoth mentions the Israeli government has allocated a budget amounting to 15 million New Israel Shekels (NIS) or equivalent to 4.5 million US dollars in the 2019 budget.

The planned departure station from Israel will be built in Bisan. The railway line will cross Jordan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia to carry various items housed at Port Haifa.

Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz calls this railway line a 'peace line' that opens new trade routes for the bay country through Israeli ports.

The construction of this rail is an ambitious project of Katz. In mid-January 2018 he mentioned that this new line would be connected to a rail line from Beit She'an Timur to the Sheikh Hussein crossing in Jordan.

The 15-kilometer border route is planned to be built with double tracks, bridges and tunnels . Special technology will be used to subdue the mountainous terrain. In addition, checkpoints will still be built on the border. This railway will reduce the number of truck operational that is prone to accidents in the region.

In Israel, two ports (Haifa and Ashdod) have been prepared as terminals to accommodate Gulf countries' goods for export to America and Europe. If the construction of this rail completes the Israeli-supplied distribution line becomes an unhindered distribution line.

The Wall Street Journal mentions this development project has been prepared for years by Israel. The records they obtained from the Israeli airport authorities say cargo and trucks that pass through this line in the 2010-2015 range have increased fourfold.

Trucks loaded with trucks from the port of Haifa to Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq carry cargo of Spanish oranges, Jordanian textiles, and auto parts from Europe.

Used Turkish truckers carrying goods from Haifa said he used to unload the cargo in Mersin, Turkey. He also served the route through Syria to get vegetables and fruit brought to Amman, Jordan. Now the distribution line will be easier if through the Suez Canal, to Saudi Arabia or by land routes through Israel. "The Israeli line is the best way for business.This route is promising," he said.

The concept of building the rail line itself is not much different from the heyday of the Ottoman Empire. The Kingdom built a steam railway line to connect the Meditarania Sea to markets in Damascus and to the holy city of Medina in Saudi Arabia.

(ayo / jat)

Toyota and Mazda to Build $ 1.6 Billion Factory in Alabama

Japanese car maker Toyota and Mazda are expected to announce Wednesday they have chosen Alabama as a $ 1.6 billion joint venture plant site that is expected to employ around 4,000 people, said the person briefed on the decision

The companies are planning an afternoon announcement and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has scheduled a press conference at the same time to announce what his office calls essential economic development.

The plant will be built in the Huntsville area not far from the border with the state of Tennessee, said the man, who did not want to be named because the location has not been officially announced.

Alabama and North Carolina are finalists for the big factory, which is expected to start operating in 2021. The plant will capable of making 300,000 vehicles per year and will produce mo small bilateral Toyota Corolla for North America and new small Mazda Mazda, the company said.

Toyota and Mazda form a capital alliance and bear the equivalent cost. The Huntsville area already has a Toyota engine plant that employs nearly 1,500 people. The decision to choose Alabama is another example where foreign carmakers build factories in the southern region of America. [as/ii]