Indonesia ready to join Ukraine-Russia peace efforts: Jokowi

JAKARTA (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) expressed his support for peace efforts in Ukraine during a bilateral meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held on the sidelines of the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Hiroshima, Japan.

Jokowi also said that Indonesia is ready to be a bridge of peace between Russia and Ukraine.

„President Zelenksyy, I am following the situation in Ukraine. My condolences to the victims who continue to fall,” President Jokowi said in a statement received here on Sunday.

Zelensky expressed his appreciation for Indonesia’s role in seeking a peaceful settlement in Ukraine.

He added that he still remembers the moment when President Jokowi visited Kyiv last year, when he became the first Asian leader to visit Ukraine since the Ukrainian invasion.

During the meeting, the two leaders also discussed the importance of the global food supply chain, which was discussed during Jokowi’s visit to Kyiv last year. President Jokowi expressed his support for the extension of the Black Sea Grain Agreement.

„I welcome the extension of the Black Sea Grain Agreement for another two months. This is very important for the continuity of the global wheat supply chain,” Jokowi said.

Also, humanitarian aid was discussed in the meeting. Indonesia has pledged to renovate one of its hospitals in Ukraine.

„The Indonesian government continues to discuss this (project) in coordination with the World Bank and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine,” the president added.

In the bilateral meeting with Zelenksyy, President Jokowi was accompanied by Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung.

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Translated by: Shofi Ayudiana
Author: Sri Haryati
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