Jakarta (ANTARA) - Chief of the Presidential Staff Office (KSP), Moeldoko, on Monday said that President Joko Widodo's recent visits to several regions in Indonesia are not part of a political agenda, and thus unrelated to the 2024 General Elections.

"So, were the visits conducted in the context of the elections? The answer is no. The President never talked about the elections," Moeldoko emphasized during a press conference at the KSP Building, Jakarta, on Monday.

He noted that President Widodo has mapped how many domestic and overseas visits he will make during the 10 years of his administration.

Moeldoko further highlighted that Widodo's intensified domestic visits in recent weeks point to his effort to fulfill his responsibility as the head of state and uphold the Constitution.

"We have been witnessing an increase in prices (of several commodities). Hence, the President is present to fulfill his responsibility in helping the people. That is mandated by the Constitution," he expounded.

According to the KSP chief, people across Indonesia have shown great enthusiasm in welcoming President Widodo's visits to their regions.

"I always accompany President Widodo. In my opinion, people have been highly enthusiastic in welcoming the President. In his visit earlier to Aceh, the locals welcomed the President very remarkably, more enthusiastically compared to previous visits," he said.

He added that Widodo has always received warm welcomes during his state visits abroad, including his recent trips to the Philippines, Vietnam, and Brunei Darussalam from January 9–14, 2024.

"Earlier, the President visited Vietnam and Manila (the Philippines), with the aim of forging even stronger bilateral ties. Mr. President sought more solid strategic partnerships," he said.

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