Bogor, W Java (ANTARA) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) received a courtesy call from the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Petr Fiala, at the Bogor Presidential Palace, Bogor city, West Java province, on Tuesday.

The Czech prime minister arrived at around 4:10 p.m. Western Indonesia Standard Time (WIB) and was received by the Indonesian President in the courtyard of the palace.

Jokowi invited Fiala to fill the guest book and enter the Veranda Room, before planting a camphor tree (Dryobalanops lanceolata) in the backyard of the palace.

They also toured the Bogor Botanical Gardens in a golf car, which was driven by Jokowi for about 15 minutes.

The two heads of state and their entourage also held a bilateral meeting.

Fiala’s visit was a follow-up to a bilateral meeting with Jokowi in Brussels, Belgium, on December 14, 2022.

At the time, they had discussed several cooperation issues regarding the economy, defense and strategic industry, as well as the Indo-Pacific region.

Widodo highlighted the importance of accelerating the completion of the Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IEU-CEPA) and the realization of investment plans of Czech investors in Indonesia.

At the bilateral meeting in Brussels, he also lauded Czech participation in the Indo Defense 2022 Expo & Forum, a defense technology exhibition hosted by the Indonesian Defense Ministry on November 2–5, 2022, in Jakarta.

He highlighted the importance of increasing strategic defense and industry cooperation through joint production, technology transfer, as well as investment for developing the defense manufacturing industry.

In addition, he invited the government of the Czech Republic to participate in the ASEAN Indo-Pacific Infrastructure Forum (AIPIF), which is scheduled to be held in Jakarta on September 6–7, 2023.

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Translator: Gilang Galiartha, Uyu Liman
Editor: Anton Santoso
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