JAKARTA, June 27 (JDN.id) – Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad received a warmth welcome in his two days visit to Indonesia.
The 92-year old Malaysian leader was welcomed by a guard of honour at a state palace in Bogor, West Java on Thursday after he was welcomed by President Joko Widodo at the Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport in Jakarta by Indonesian President Joko Widodo and wife Iriana.
A marching band, horse riding show by the Presidential Security Guard team, known as Paspampres and a group of students wearing traditional costumes welcomed the Malaysian leader at Halim airport.
Serious bilateral talks were held at the Bogor palace, where he was also given a 19-gun salute when inspecting a guard of honor at the Bogor palace.
Mahathir, who arrived at 10.00 pm in Jakarta was accompanied by first lady Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali.
At Bogor palace’s Teratai room, Indonesia’s President Widodo and first lady Iriana took a photo session with Mahathir and wife. This was followed by a planting tree session on the back of the palace. Both leaders planted Meranti tree (Hopea Odorata).
Both leaders then had a tête-à-tête private conversation behind a veranda at the palace before appearing in a press briefing to give joint statements.
Widodo was accompanied by the chief security minister Wiranto, foreign affairs minister Retno Marsudi, state secretary Pratikno, cabinet secretary Pramono Anung, education minister Muhadjir Effendi, labor minister Hanif Dhakiri, rural and regional development minister Eko Putro Sandjoyo, investment coordinating chief Thomas Lembong and Indonesian ambassador for Malaysia Rusdi Kirana.