President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said that the meeting with President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, followed by a bilateral meeting, was to discuss several issues, including peace-building cooperation.
“Indonesia appreciates the efforts made by the government of Afghanistan in creating stability and peace, and Indonesia is ready to share experiences on reconciliation for peace,” president Jokowi said in a press conference with Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, at the State Palace, Jakarta, on Wednesday (4/5) afternoon.
The president said that Indonesia has established the Indonesia Islamic Center in Kabul, the Afghan capital. The vision of the Indonesia Islamic Center’s is to encourage the spread of Islam ‘rahmatan lil alamin’ (bringing blessings and prosperity). “Indonesia Islamic Center in Kabul provides healthcare and education facilities which will benefit the people of Afghanistan,” he said.
According to the president, the construction of As Salam Mosque in Indonesia Islamic Center has been completed and can accommodate 2,500 worshipers, and then Indonesia will soon complete the construction of healthcare and education facilities for the local population.
In addition to those subjects, President Jokowi also mentioned the cooperation in the capacity building. He said that so far Indonesia has provided training to 358 Afghan people in 47 programs, including agriculture, police, women’s empowerment, and public administration.
“For the future we have agreed to expand our cooperation in capacity building, in the fields of law, housing, public works, fiscal policy, and higher education,” said President Jokowi.
Meantime in trade, the president acknowledged a lot of potentials to increase the trade relations. To that end, he and President Ashraf Ghani agreed to encourage direct interaction between Indonesian and Afghanistan business communities. The president also welcomed the implementation of the Indonesia-Afghanistan business meeting, held in Jakarta, on Thursday (4/6).
The president also welcomed the proposal of the General Election Commission (KPU) of Indonesia and Afghanistan to share experiences, because the Indonesia’s Commission has the experiences in holding elections peacefully and openly.
About the five Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) which have just been signed, President Jokowi said he hoped all could be implemented. The five MoUs include the cooperation in education, agriculture, training and the development of statistics as well public administration reform.