Coordinating Human Development and Cultural Affairs Minister Puan Maharani shakes hands with Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea, in Pyongyang on Monday (30/07). (Photo courtesy of Indonesian contingent to Asian Games 2018)

Indonesia Invites North Korea's Kim Jong-un to Asian Games


JULY 31, 2018

Jakarta. An Indonesian delegation met with North Korean officials in Pyongyang on Monday (30/07) to extend an official invitation to the country's leader, Kim Jong-un, to attend the 2018 Asian Games.

The delegation, led by Coordinating Human Development and Cultural Affairs Minister Puan Maharani, comprised National Police deputy chief Comr. Gen. Syafruddin, who is also chef de mission of the Indonesian contingent to the Asian Games, and Edi Yusup, director for East Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign Ministry.

"The main reason for our visit was to convey an official invitation to the president of North Korea to attend the Asian Games opening ceremony on Aug. 18," Puan said, as quoted by

The delegation met with Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea.

According to a statement issued by the Indonesian Embassy in Pyongyang, Kim Yong-nam expressed his appreciation towards President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo for Indonesia's support of peace efforts on the Korean Peninsula.

The meeting also saw officials discussing matters involving relations between North and South Korea, as well as regional issues.

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi visited Seoul last week to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to extend a similar invitation.

North and South Korea are among the 45 countries participating in this year's Asian Games. Indonesia guarantees the security of all countries' representatives and contingents, including those of North Korea.

"Indonesia's security [situation] is incredibly stable … don't ever worry or hesitate to come," Syafruddin said.

The two countries' contingents marched under a unified flag during at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February, as part of the Panmunjom Declaration.

They are expected to do the same during the Asian Games.

Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in signed the Panmunjom Declaration in April, which saw them agreeing to work together to begin a process of reconciliation and put an end to decades of conflict on the Korean Peninsula.