President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo welcomes 18 new ambassadors to Indonesia at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Monday morning (04/10). (Photo courtesy of the Presidential Press Bureau)

President Jokowi Welcomes 18 New Ambassadors to Indonesia

BY :EDO KARENSA

OCTOBER 04, 2016

Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo welcomed 18 new ambassadors to Indonesia at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Monday morning (04/10) in a special, newly designed ceremony which featured a guard of honor for the foreign envoys before they entered the palace.

The president received official letters of credentials from ambassadors Mehmet Gorboz from Turkey, Mohamed Algafhli from the United Arab Emirates, Peter MacArthur from Canada, Michael von Ungern-Stemberg from Germany, Helene Steinhausi from Austria, Deborah de Cogley from Panama, Gonzalo Negri from Chile, Ahmed Al-Hamar from Qatar, Ahmed Moawad from Egypt, Osama Alshuaibi from Saudi Arabia and Jose Acosta from Colombia.

All of the above ambassadors will be based in Jakarta.

Jokowi also received credentials from ambassadors who will be based overseas, including Clement Allicock from Jamaica who will reside in Tokyo, Helena Zorko from Slovenia who will be based in Canberra, Hinauri Petana from American Samoa, also in Canberra and Yahya Ngam from Mauritania who will also be based in Tokyo.

The other three ambassadors will be based in Kuala Lumpur: Walubita Imakando from Zambia, Yazkuli Mammadov from Turkmenistan and Anne Mutelo from Namibia.

Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, State Secretary Minister Pratikno and National Police chief Tito Karnavian also attended the ceremony.

Canadian ambassador MacArthur said Indonesia is one of his country's most important partners in the Asia Pacific region. He also pointed out that Indonesia and Canada are two great maritime countries which also have the world’s two longest coastlines.

He said Canada intends to form more bilateral partnerships with Indonesia especially in trade, investment, infrastructure and peace missions — including United Nations peacekeeping.

"We support the rule of law in Indonesia, which will benefit all of us, including Canadian investors, workers and tourists here in this great country," MacArthur said in a statement sent to the Jakarta Globe.

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