Yudhoyono commits to attend state invitations

Yudhoyono commits to attend state invitations

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) with sixth President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (right) at the Presidential Palace (March 09, 2017). (ANTARA News/Hanni Sofia)

But, Insha`Allah (may God allow it) as long as it is possible, I will be delighted to attend them."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesias former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has committed to attend the state palaces invitation from now on, after his absence since President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) took the administration in 2014.

"I told him that I could not attend the events several times because of certain specific reasons," he told the press after a meeting with Widodo at the Merdeka State Palace here on Thursday.

The sixth president of Indonesia had been absent for some important state events, including the commemoration of the 71th Indonesian Independent Day last year.

"But, InshaAllah (may God allow it) as long as it is possible, I will be delighted to attend them," he stated.

Prior to the meeting with Widodo, Yudhoyono had held at least two press conferences to announce his discontent towards Widodos administration.

Moreover, Yudhoyono often tweeted that he and his family were treated unfairly by the current government.

He also claimed that some presidential aides of Widodo had been preventing him for meeting the president, a statement which the State Palace denied.

After the meeting, Yudhoyono, who is also the general chairman of Democratic Party, noted that the confusions that had happened between them were only because of miscommunication.

"It is because we rarely meet each other, and maybe there were some information that was not fit for discussion," he noted.

Yudhoyono remarked that they also discussed current domestic and international issues during the one-hour meeting.

(Reporting by Hanni Sofia/Uu.A060/INE/KR-BSR/H-YH)

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