"Yes, I really want to come, but I do not know when it will be clear, not today," Colonel Kav Erwin Djatniko, commander of the 043/Gatam Military Command, remarked when contacted telephonically from South Lampung on Thursday.
The Military Resort Command, or Danrem, confirmed the president`s plan to first conduct his working visit to the South Sumatra region (Sumsel).
"It could be right to go to South Sumatra. The president stopped by first at the location of the tsunami disaster. What is clear is that we are ready to secure both the victims affected by the tsunami and welcome the president," he stated.
President Jokowi earlier on Monday, Dec 24, departed for Banten Province to review the handling of the impact of the tsunami disaster that hit the coast around Sunda Strait, especially in Pandeglang District, South Lampung, and Serang.
From the Atang Sendjaja Air Force Base, Bogor, West Java, Jokowi and his entourage flew to Pandeglang Regency, Banten Province, aboard the Indonesian Air Force EC725 Caracal Helicopter, at 9 a.m. local time.
"After arriving in Pandeglang District, President Jokowi immediately visited several locations affected by the tsunami," Deputy Secretary of Protocol, Press, and Media of the Presidential Secretariat Bey Machmudin noted in his press statement.
The president will also visit several community health centers and hospitals in Pandeglang for treating tsunami victims.
Machmudin said Jokowi was keen to ensure swift and efficient handling of the impact of the tsunami disaster.
"This especially pertains to the evacuation of victims and the existence of health service assistance," he added.
Reporting by Triono Subagyo dan Damiri, Eliswan
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