Seoul (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana were welcomed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and wife Kim Jung-sook in an ancient Korean King style ceremony at the Changdeok-gung Palace here on Monday.

This is the first time that the South Korean government has extended an ancient king style welcome to President Jokowi and the First Lady at the Palace, established around the year 1400.

The president, who arrived at around 10:30 a.m. local time, was immediately greeted by a military welcome ceremony.

After singing the national anthem of the two countries, President Jokowi and President Moon conducted troop inspections.

President Jokowi and President Moon, who were accompanied by their wives, headed to the main court of Changdeok-gung Palace.

The two state leaders, in the company of the first ladies, sat on chairs located in the main court alike the ancient Korean king.

Traditional Korean dance performances were held to welcome President Jokowi. After greeting in the main court, the two leaders entered the Palace building for tea.

Jokowi`s visit to Seoul was a follow up of the trip made by South Korean President Moon to Indonesia in 2017.

This visit also coincides with the 45th year of Indonesia-South Korea diplomatic relations, in which the two countries forged a Special Strategic Partnership. In Seoul, the two presidents will hold a bilateral meeting at the Blue House on Monday afternoon.

During the bilateral meeting, they will discuss the strengthening of economic cooperation between the two countries.

Amid uncertain global economic conditions, the visit holds significance for Indonesia and South Korea to strengthen economic cooperation. In addition, increasing investment and trade cooperation will be the focus of discussions between President Jokowi and President Moon.

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Reporting by Joko Susilo

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