Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrived in Berlin, Germany this morning to start his five-day presidential tour in Europe.
President Jokowi plans to meet local officials and businessmen to discuss Indonesia and Germany’s partnerships in vocational and educational fields. As reported by Detik, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi reveals that Jokowi will be meeting Germany’s President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel.
During the visit, the president will be addressing the issue of extremism and terrorism across the globe and will ask European leaders to help promote tolerance and peace.
“As a country with the largest Muslim population, the president is relying on this presidential visit to work together with European leaders to spread the values of tolerance and peace, through multiple digital channels and new social media,” Ari Dwipayana, a representative for the president’s Communications Team, explains in a statement to Liputan6.
The president hopes that his visit will encourage European leaders to work together in upholding justice and humanity, as well as strengthening the relationship between Indonesia and the European Union (EU).
The president is also scheduled to visit the United Kingdom (UK) after he leaves Germany to meet with Prime Minister David Cameron in London. With the UK, Indonesia is focusing on strengthening their relationship in trading, investment, maritime and creative economies. According to the BBC, President Jokowi will be planning one of his blusukan trips during his London visit.