Jokowi, Amin exchange Eid al-Fitr greetings over video call

Jokowi, Amin exchange Eid al-Fitr greetings over video call

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana during the video call with Vice President Ma'ruf Amin and Second Lady Wury Ma'ruf Amin from the Gedung Agung Presidential Palace in Yogyakarta on Monday (May 2, 2022). ANTARA/HO-Biro Pers Sekretariat Presiden/Lukas.

Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana greeted Vice President Ma'ruf Amin and Second Lady Wury Ma'ruf Amin and extended Eid al-Fitr greetings to one another over a video call.

"Assalamualaikum (Peace be upon you) Mr Vice President. I and Iriana wish you a happy Eid al-Fitr. Please forgive our past wrongdoings," the president stated at the Gedung Agung Presidential Palace, where he spent Eid al-Fitr this year, in Yogyakarta, on Monday.

Jokowi, Iriana, and youngest son, Kaesang Pangarep, had earlier performed their Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Gedung Agung courtyard. Apart from the first family, staff of the president, officers of the presidential security service, and members of the palace household also joined the congregation.

Meanwhile, Amin, Wury, and some members of the second family performed their Eid prayer at the Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta. Some government officials, including Coordinating Minister of Human Development and Cultural Affairs Muhadjir Effendy, attended the prayer at the same mosque.

"We wish to apologise for our past wrongdoings too," the vice president responded to Jokowi's greetings. He then sought details from the president about his activities in Yogyakarta.

"I am still in Yogyakarta. I see that you (performed the Eid prayer) at the Istiqlal Mosque, very crowded indeed there," Jokowi stated.

Amin then responded to the president's remarks in the affirmative while highlighting the beauty of the Istiqlal Mosque, whose renovation was completed last year.

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Jokowi and Amin then inquired about each other's family conditions, with Amin being the first to ask about the president's grandchildren.

"(Are your grandchildren) already in Yogyakarta yet?" the vice president inquired following which the president responded in the negative. The first lady then informed them that their grandchildren would join them tomorrow (May 3) morning.

"(Are your grandchildren) all been with you?" Jokowi asked following Amin's question. The vice president said he would depart for Banten later today to meet their families and relatives.

Jokowi and Amin then concluded their video call by conveying final greetings to one another. 

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