By King’s Office Correspondent | 2019-10-21
His Majesty King Mswati III yesterday congratulated the Indonesia President Joko Widodo for a peaceful election into his second term.
The King, accompanied by Inkhosikati LaMashwama, met the president-elect in private talks prior to the inauguration event at the State House. He extended greetings and well wishes from the Indlovukazi and the people of Eswatini.
The monarch described the election victory as a sign of great confidence that the people of Indonesia have in the President (58), popularly known as “Jokowi”.
He said he was impressed by the development that has taken place in Indonesia and wished him great success in his new term, adding that he was looking forward to strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries through a cooperation agreement. This agreement, he highlighted, could help Indonesia tap into the market opportunities that Africa now has to offer following the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
His Majesty also shared some of the country’s development initiatives guided by the strategic roadmap as well as the development of the energy sector which seeks to use high tech systems to reduce emissions in the proposed thermal powered station. The president of south-east Asia’s largest economy, acknowledged the King’s commendations and praised Eswatini for maintaining peace and the development that has taken place in the country. The president said seeing through the strategic roadmap was key for successful development.
The president also informed the King how Indonesia was in the process of building a new city over the next five years as Jakarta had become too small to accommodate the on-going development. Later yesterday afternoon, the King and Inkhosikati attended the inauguration of the president and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin at Jakarta’s Parliament building.
Among the leaders present were the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed.
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