Indonesian, Tanzanian presidents discuss bilateral cooperation

Jakarta (Antara) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) met with the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan, and discussed several areas of bilateral cooperation and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

According to a written statement obtained from the Press Office of the Presidential Secretariat on Tuesday, it was part of the agenda for the third day of President Widodo’s state visit to Africa.

The meeting between the two leaders began with a state reception at the State House in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday morning local time.

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Bandjaitan; Foreign Minister Redno Marsudi; Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung; Aribin Tasrib, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources; and the Indonesian Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania, Tri Yoko Jatmiko, accompanied President Widodo to Tanzania.

In the afternoon, President Widodo and his entourage are scheduled to visit Maputo, Republic of Mozambique to continue their agenda in Africa.

His state visit to the East African country marked the first time an Indonesian president had visited Tanzania in 30 years since President Suharto’s visit in 1991.

It was Widodo’s first visit to Africa in his two terms as president.

The President is scheduled to visit Mozambique, the first African country to sign a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) with Indonesia after Kenya and Tanzania.

He concludes his state visit with a visit to South Africa to fulfill an invitation to attend the 2023 BRICS Summit.

The Head of State said that Indonesia and Africa have a long historical relationship as Indonesia was the initiator and host of the 1955 Asia-Africa Conference (KAA). In addition, Indonesia was instrumental in establishing the Non-Aligned Movement.

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„I will bring the spirit of the Asia-African Summit to Africa by strengthening unity and cooperation among countries of the Global South,” he said.

Kenya and Tanzania opened their embassies in Jakarta last year as a pledge to continue strengthening cooperation with Indonesia.

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Translated by: Andy Firthous, Resinda S
Author: Rahmat Nasushan
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