Vice President Ansari arrives in Indonesia

By Ashok Dixit

Jakarta, Nov.1 (ANI): Vice president Mohammad Hamid Ansari arrived here on the first leg of his five-day two-nation visit to Indonesia and Brunei.

He was received by Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the Governor of Jakarta, and A.M. Fasheer, the Vice Foreign Minister. India’s Ambassador to Indonesia Gurjit Singh, senior Indonesian government and Indian embassy officials were also present.

The vice president was accorded a ceremonial guard of honour soon after his arrival, and thereafter left to begin his official engagements.

The vice president is expected to begin his stay in Jakarta with a visit to the historic Istiqlal Mosque.

The mosque is Indonesia and South East Asia’s largest. It is regarded as the national mosque of Indonesia and was built to commemorate Indonesia’s independence, and named “Istiqlal”, an Arabic word for “independence”.

The mosque was first opened to the public on February 22, 1978. It is located next to Merdeka Square and the Jakarta Cathedral.

On November 2, Vice President Ansari will meet his Indonesian counterpart Jusuf Kalla in the forenoon. In the afternoon, he is expected to call on the President of Indonesia, Mr. Joko Widodo. The Foreign Minister of Indonesia will call on Vice President Ansari on the same day, and in the evening, Ansari will deliver a public lecture.

On November 3, both vice presidents are expected to inaugurate a business forum meeting in the forenoon.

Thereafter, Ansari will visit the Parliament of Indonesia for meetings with the speakers of the two houses.

He would then leave for Bali in the afternoon of November 3, where he will meet with the governor of the province. He is also slated to unveil a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the Udayana University, and then address the students.

He will leave for Brunei from Bali in the afternoon of November 4. (ANI)

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