Indonesia Continues to Support Peace in Afghanistan

By : Herry Barus And Aldi Firhand. A | Tuesday, January 30 2018 - 04:22 IWST

President Jokowi in Afghanistan Photo: Press Bureau of the Secretariat
President Jokowi in Afghanistan Photo: Press Bureau of the Secretariat - Jakarta - The Government and the Indonesian Nation expressed grief over the tragedy of the attacks that occurred in Afghanistan and will continue to provide support for peace to be created in the conflicting country.

"I pray for the victims to recover quickly and to the families and relatives left behind given their patience and patience," President Joko Widodo said during a joint press statement after a bilateral meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace of Agr, Kabul, Monday (29 / 1/218)

President Joko Widodo also stated that his visit to Afghanistan is a form of self-respect for a similar visit by the Afghan President to Indonesia in 2017.

The Bilateral Visit of the President of the Republic of Indonesia to Afghanistan was also the first since nearly six decades ago.

"My visit to Afghanistan was the first Presidential Bilateral Visit of the Republic of Indonesia after nearly six decades." Last President Sukarno visited Afghanistan in May 1961, "the president said in the statement of the Deputy for Protocol, Press and Media Secretariat of President Bey Machmudin received by media crews in Jakarta.

The visit, said the President, could be interpreted as Indonesia's strong commitment to improve relations and cooperation with Afghanistan.

Indonesia is also committed to building peace and supporting the welfare of the nation of Afghanistan.

The commitment embodied in the bilateral meeting is warm and fraternal. In addition, cooperation related to peace building in Afghanistan getting matured both sides.

"Indonesia and Afghanistan will step up activities that can help the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan," the president said.

One of Indonesia's support for peace in Afghanistan is demonstrated by the continued development of the Indonesia Islamic Center (IIC) complex in Kabul. The plan, health facilities will be built in the complex in 2018.

"The health clinic at the IIC complex will begin construction in spring 2018 complementing the As-Salam Mosque that has been used by Afghans since 2015," the president said.

The IIC Complex is a symbol or monument of the friendship of Indonesia and Afghanistan. The location is expected to be the center of activities that promote peace.

Meanwhile, President Ashraf Ghani welcomed President Jokowi's visit in Kabul, Afghanistan.

"I really appreciate and thank the people of Afghanistan for coming here. Indonesia president always encourages peace in Afghanistan," said President Ghani.

In addition, the arrival of President Jokowi also said Ghani brings a blessing to the people of Afghanistan.

"Your Majesty's arrival does not need to bring gold, but it brings rain and snow, rain and snow is a blessing for us Snow and rain never choose to go down on the rich or the poor," President Ghani said.

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