Saudi King Salman Touches Down on Indonesian Soil
[Updated on 03:55 p.m. on Wednesday to add arrival video at Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport in East Jakarta]
Jakarta. Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the King of Saudi Arabia, landed in Jakarta at Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport at 12.50 p.m. on Wednesday (01/03).
The king was welcomed by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and several cabinet members, news broadcaster BeritaSatuTV reported.
President Jokowi and King Salman departed from the airport to Bogor Palace in West Java to hold a bilateral meeting.
The leaders will discuss the planned Saudi investment of Rp 334 trillion ($25 billion) in Indonesian oil refineries and petrochemical facilities, as both countries seek closer diplomatic and financial ties.
They will also discuss cooperation in fields such as arts and culture, health services, religious affairs, tourism and security.
The president and the king will sign 10 memoranda of understanding (MoU), Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said.
King Salman is visiting Indonesia during his Asian tour to promote Saudi investment in the region.
Indonesia and Saudi Arabia have been exploring projects to improve airports, toll roads and seaports across the archipelago, State Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno said.
The last Saudi monarch to visit Indonesia was King Faisal bin Abdulaziz in 1970.