Jokowi welcomes French President Hollande at Merdeka Palace

Jokowi welcomes French President Hollande at Merdeka Palace

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) chat with the President of the French Republic Francois Hollande (second left) during a welcoming ceremony at the state guest Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday (March 29, 2017). (ANTARA/Puspa Perwitasari)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) welcomed his French counterpart Francois Hollande at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, on Wednesday.

The convoy of cars, with President Hollande onboard, was welcomed with the song "Maju Tak Gentar"(forward undaunted) by the Presidential Guard along with the cavalries and soldiers.

Indonesian and French flags were waved by elementary school students who were dressed in traditional attire from across Indonesia to welcome President Hollande.

As Hollande emerged from his car, he was welcomed by Jokowi, and they headed to the garden to attend the welcome ceremony.

During the ceremony, national anthems of both countries were sung along with a 21-gun salute followed by a guard of honor.

After the ceremony ended, Jokowi invited Hollande into the palace and held a veranda talk at the palaces rear park after signing the guest book.

The two leaders will later lead a bilateral meeting between some ministers from both countries at the central room.

During Hollandes state visit, President Jokowi was accompanied by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi; Politics, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto; Maritime Minister Luhut Pandjaitan; State Secretary Minister Pratikno; Minister of Commerce Enggartiasto Lukita; Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono; and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, among others.

(Reported by Joko Susilo/Uu.Ian/KR-MBR/INE/KR-BSR/A014)

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