Abu Dhabi: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo appreciated the significant progress in cooperation between Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to Jokowi, the UAE is one of Indonesia's important partners.
This statement was made by Jokowi during a bilateral meeting with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Armed Forces Deputy Commander Mohamed bin Zayed at the Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on Sunday afternoon, January 12, 2020.
"The UAE is one of Indonesia's most important economic partners, especially in the investment sector," Jokowi said.
During the meeting, Jokowi and Crown Prince Mohamed witnessed the exchange of 16 cooperation agreements between the Indonesian and UAE delegations.
The cooperation agreement consists of intergovernmental agreements in the fields of religion, education, agriculture, health, and counterterrorism. In addition, there are also 11 business agreements in the fields of energy, oil and gas, petrochemicals, ports, telecommunications, and research with an estimated total investment value of USD 22.89 billion or around IDR 314.9 trillion.
Jokowi also said that Indonesia wanted to make the UAE a partner in modern, moderate and tolerant Islamic education. "This is very important for efforts to prevent extremism and terrorism," said the former Mayor of Solo.
Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed said that Islam is a religion that teaches peace. According to him, Islam has never taught terrorism and always promotes peace.
"Islam in Indonesia can be an example of a peaceful Islam," said the Crown Prince.
Mohamed said relations between the two countries could still be improved. "We can start a new era of closer relations between the two countries," he said.
On the same occasion, President Jokowi also expressed high appreciation to the Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed for their support and assistance in the construction of mosques and Islamic Centers in Solo City and the granting of land and buildings to the Indonesian Embassy in the UAE.