JAKARTA, Indonesia- Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, held wide-ranging talks on ways to enhance bilateral relations and develop areas of co-operation, particularly in economy, energy, investment, tourism and infrastructure, at Bogor Presidential Palace in Jakarta.

The session focused on the interest of the two countries and the benefit of the two peoples. They also discussed the latest developments on the regional and international arenas.

The meeting was attended by members of the official delegation accompanying the Emir. On the Indonesian side, the session was attended by a number of ministers and senior officials.

Ahead of the session, the Emir and the Indonesian president held a meeting, during which they reviewed bilateral relations and the prospects of their development at various levels, in addition to a number of current issues of mutual concern.

The Emir and Widodo attended the signing of a number of agreements and memoranda of understanding (MoU's) between the two countries.

Among them were the signing of an MoU for the establishment of a joint committee between Qatar and Indonesia, to deepen and develop co-operation between the two countries on political, economic, social, cultural, tourism, technological, navigational, agricultural and industrial areas, and banking and financial services, and the signing of an agreement on air services between the two countries.

The Emir and the president also attended the signing of an MoU for co-operation in the field of health, to exchange information, experts and specialists, an MoU for co-operation in the fields of youth and sports, and an MoU between Qatar's Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture.

Addressing a press conference after the signing ceremony, the Indonesian president expressed his pleasure at receiving the Emir in Jakarta, describing the visit as a very important event as it is the first state visit of the Emir to Indonesia and it is a symbolic visit as it coincides with the passage of 41 years of Qatari-Indonesian diplomatic relations.

The president also referred to Indonesian community residing in Qatar and their contribution to the development, pointing out that the two sides also agreed to strengthen co-operation and maintain the unity of the nation in the face of various challenges.

The Emir expressed pleasure over his visit to Indonesia, noting the issues of mutual interest that were addressed during the talks.

He said that Indonesia is an important country in our Islamic world. Referring to the plight of the Rohingya, he said an urgent solution needed to resolve the issue. Qatar has provided assistance to mitigate their sufferings and it was the duty of countries to provide assistance to affected people. The Myanmar government must put an end to this problem.

The Emir concluded his press statement by wishing the Indonesian president and people further success and further consolidation of bilateral relations.


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