KBRI Kabul – The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, on 5th April 2017, met the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, on a State Visit to Indonesia. This visit is a historical one because for the very first time the Head of State from Afghanistan make a state visit to Indonesia.
The President of the Republic of Indonesia stated that it is an honor for Indonesia to receive a visit from His Excellency Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. This is a first-time visit for H.E. President of Afghanistan to Indonesia.
The President of Indonesia expressed that Afghanistan has a very special relation with Indonesia. Both countries have a close relationship for about 62 years. Afghanistan is one of the countries who initially recognized the sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia. Both countries were also actively participated in 1955 Asia Africa Conference.
At the meeting, both leaders discussed several bilateral issues about cooperation in peace building, capacity building, as well as on how to increase trade cooperation.
In peace building issue, President Joko Widodo stated the readiness of the Government of Indonesia to share its experiences, especially related to reconciliation for peace. Indonesia also appreciates Afghanistan's efforts to create peace and stability in their country.
In addition, to promote Islamic values of Rahmatan lil 'Alamin, Indonesia has built Indonesia Islamic Center in Kabul, Afghanistan. Indonesia highly hopes that Afghan people could use its facilities which are provided for prayer, health and education purposes. The construction of As Salaam Mosque in Indonesia Islamic Center area has finished and able to accommodate 2.500 worshipers. Moreover, Indonesia also promised to build medical facility worth as Rp.16 Billion or about USD1.2 Million.
In capacity building issue, Indonesia and Afghanistan agreed to expand their cooperation, especially in the issues of law, housing and public works, fiscal policy, as well as higher education.
In trade issue, both countries are aware that there is still many potential trade relations which could be improved in the future. Both leaders also agreed on promoting direct relations between their business sectors.
To improve cooperation in education, President Ghani suggested having exchange visit between Ulama (religious leaders) in both countries to build cooperation in Islamic cultures issue. On that opportunity, President Joko Widodo also promised to give 100 scholarships for Afghan students to study in Indonesia.
President Ghani also expressed his gratitude to Indonesia as the largest Muslim-majority country in the world who eager to help Afghanistan in the peace process.
Afghanistan regards Indonesia as a great nation and has a very positive image. Even, when President Ghani was a student, he heard about Indonesia's greatness. He also congratulated President Joko Widodo for his success in preserving the unity and harmony of the nation, despite its diversity.
There are 5 (five) agreed Memorandum of Understanding during the visit:
- Cooperation between Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia and the Ministry of Education of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in education;
- Cooperation between Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia and The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Agriculture;
- Technical Cooperation between the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia and the Ministry of Finance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan;
- Cooperation between Central Bureau of Statistic of the Republic of Indonesia and Central Statistic Organization of the Islamic Republic of Indonesia on the utilize and development of statistic data and technology information, methodology, as well as human resources in statistic issue;
- Cooperation between State Administration Agency of the Republic of Indonesia and Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on technical cooperation in public administrative reform, civil service management, as well as training and capacity building.
Coordinating Minister for Political, Law and Security, Wiranto; Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs, Darmin Nasution; Minister for Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi; Secretary of State, Pratikno; Cabinet Secretary, Pramono Anung; Minister of Religious Affairs, Lukman Hakim Salfuddin; Minister of Education and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy; Minister of Agriculture, Amran Sulaiman; and National Chief of Police, Tito Karnavian, were also present at the meeting.
Jakarta, 5 April 2017
Bureau of Press, Media and Information
Cabinet Secretary of the Republic of Indonesia