President Jokowi pays great attention to Papua

President Jokowi pays great attention to Papua

Mimika District Head Eltinus Omaleng greeted Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian and Indonesian Military Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and acting Police Chief Commissioner General Ari Dono Sukmanto in Timika, Friday. (ANTARA/HO/Humas Pemkab Mimika)

He wants to visit Papua as soon as possible particularly to visit Wamena and Jayapura and inaugurate Holtkamp Bridge. He is eager to visit Wamena to give the impression that the government cares for the situation there. I think he pays great attentio
Timikam Papua (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi)'s plan to visit Papua and West Papua in the next few days reflects the importance he shows to the two provinces, Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian has stated. President Jokowi is looking forward to visiting Papua and West Papua soon after a spate of riots engulfed Jayapura and Wamena, said Tito on Friday. He was inducted as home affairs minister only on Wednesday.

"When I was chief of the National Police, Mr President called me when the incidents occurred in Jayapura and Wamena. He was looking forward to visiting Wamena as soon as possible to meet with the local community. Since the situation was not conducive, we suggested he wait until the situation returned to normal. To create a conducive situation, we needed to take steps including strengthening security, upholding the law, reconciliation etc.," he said.

As law and order in Papua have returned to normal, President Jokowi will pay the first working visit to Papua and West Papua since he was sworn in as president on October 20, 2019.

"He wants to visit Papua as soon as possible particularly to visit Wamena and Jayapura and inaugurate Holtkamp Bridge. He is eager to visit Wamena to give the impression that the government cares for the situation there. I think he pays great attention to Papua," he said.

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