Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo, during his state visit to Kabul on Monday, conveyed Indonesia`s strong commitment to build peace and support the welfare of the people of Afghanistan.

"Indonesia and Afghanistan will step up activities that can help the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan," President Widodo noted as quoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs` website on Tuesday.

The development of the Indonesian Islamic Center (IIC) complex in Kabul demonstrates Indonesia`s support in the peace building process in Afghanistan.

A health facility will be built at the IIC this year.

"We will begin the construction of the health clinic at the IIC complex in spring of 2018. It will compliment the As-Salam Mosque that has been used by people since 2015," President Widodo remarked.

The IIC complex is a symbol or monument of the friendship between Indonesia and Afghanistan.

The site is expected to be the hub of activities that promote peace.

During his visit to Afghanistan, President Widodo also expressed his deep condolences to President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani and to all people in the country for the tragedy that struck Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, including attacks that have occurred over the past few days.

"I pray that the victims can recover quickly and that the families and relatives who were left behind are given strength and patience," President Widodo stated during a joint press statement after a bilateral meeting with President Ghani at the Agr Presidential Palace, Kabul, on Monday.

Widodo`s visit to Afghanistan is a reciprocal gesture after President Ghani had visited Indonesia last year.

It was also the first state visit of the president of the Republic of Indonesia after nearly six decades. The last Indonesian president to have visited Afghanistan was President Soekarno in May 1961.

With the visit to Afghanistan, President Widodo concluded his tour to five South Asian countries -- Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan -- on Feb 24-29.

President Widodo, First Lady Iriana, and the entourage have arrived in Indonesia on Tuesday morning at around 5:20 p.m. local time at the Halim Perdanakusumah Airbase, Jakarta.


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