King and Queen of Sweden arrive in Jakarta for state visit

King and Queen of Sweden arrive in Jakarta for state visit

Carl XVI Gustaf (ANTARA FOTO/Widodo S. Jusuf)

Jakarta (ANTARA News)- King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden arrived here, on Sunday morning for a state visit from May 22 to 24, at the invitation of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

The Swedish King and Queen were greeted by Research, Technology and Higher Education Minister Mohamad Nasir and his wife, Hasbiyah, upon their arrival at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, according information on the official Twitter of the ministry.

The Swedish King is accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallstrom and delegations of Swedish enterprises, among others.

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia will be received by President Widodo at the Bogor Presidential Palace on Monday, May 22.

Apart from attending the bilateral meeting, King Gustaf is also scheduled to attend a seminar on forest and sustainability at the Center of International Forestry Research in Bogor, West Java, in the afternoon.

The next day, the king is scheduled to visit Kota Tua in Jakarta and to attend an executive business forum where round-table discussions between business leaders of both countries will take place along with participation of the ministers.

King Gustaf will also pay a visit to Bandung and will be greeted by the citys mayor, Ridwan Kamil, who will host a luncheon for the Swedish delegation.

The kings visit aims to improve cooperation in the fields of investment, trade, energy, and research and technology, Aji pointed out.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Ambassador to Sweden Bagas Hapsoro earlier remarked that the state visit is an opportunity to strengthen political, financial, and cultural relations between Indonesia and Sweden.

Sweden has become the startup capital of Europe, with several major names, such as Spotify and Skype.

Hence, improving cooperation between the two countries will create job opportunities for millions of workers in Indonesia, especially in startup and creative economy industries. 

Reported by Martha H Simanjuntak (f001/H-YH )
(T.SYS/A/F001/A/H-YH) 

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