Joint Security Task Force in Final Preparations for King Salman's Bali Visit

BY :EKO PRASETYO & I NYOMAN MARDIKA

MARCH 03, 2017

Jakarta. The Bali Police and the Indonesian Army have established a joint task force to provide security during the visit by King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia to the island.

Security personnel will be deployed at several popular tourism areas King Salman is planning to visit, Bali Military Command chief Maj. Gen. Kustanto Widiatmoko said on Friday (03/03).

"We have more than 2,500 members of the military, police and local government working together to ensure the safety of the king during his time on the island," Kustanto said.

"Special forces have been placed at several locations on the island that we consider vulnerable to attack. Of course, those locations remain secret," he added.

The Saudi government said King Salman's itinerary does not include any official meetings, though his planned activities on the island have not been made public.

Kustanto said the Indonesian security forces will protect the king and his entourage without interrupting the royal family’s holiday.

"The security details are all laid out. We just have to be sure not to disturb our guests," he said.

Nusa Dua

Security personnel have been deployed in areas surrounding the St. Regis Hotel in Nusa Dua, where King Salman plans to stay.

The royal family has also booked rooms at the nearby Laguna and Hilton hotels, the Bali Hotels Association (BHA) confirmed. The remaining members of King Salman's entourage plan to stay at the JW Marriot and The Westin Resort, also in Nusa Dua.

"I have personally checked all the hotels for security vulnerabilities, including the St. Regis, Hilton, Mulia Bulgari and Laguna hotels. The St. Regis will be closed to the public for the duration of King Salman's stay," Bali Police chief Insp. Gen. Petrus R. Golose said.

Saudi security officials are also coordinating with National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian to ensure the safety of the king and his entourage in Bali.

More than 870 officers of the Bali Police will also be on duty to assist the joint security task force.

Helipads and hospitals have been placed on standby in case of any emergency during the king's stay on the island.

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