Tuesday, 23 May 2017 | 19:31 WIB

PDIP Politician on Significance of King Salman’s Visit

Politician of Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P) Andreas Hugo Pareira. (special)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Member of House of Representatives (DPR)’s Commission I from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Faction Andreas Hugo Pareira positively welcomes and also is hopeful about the arrival of the Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Azis bin Salman Al Saud to Indonesia. One of the King Salman’s agenda in addition to have a dialogue with the Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is being in touch with Members of Parliament in the House Building.

"That visit of the Saudi Arabian King is strategic visit amid the changes engulfing the world and will be recorded in the history as a visit by a head of state with the largest delegation ever to Indonesia, which is, 1,500 people," said Andreas to Netralnews in Jakarta, Sunday (2/26/2017).

The PDI-P chairperson added the strategic visit also has multi-dimensional meanings. He noted there are three meanings of the King Salman’s visit.

"First, of economic aspects, in the visit a delegation of 10 government ministers and princes who have important authorities in the economic cooperation and investment is participating. Investment plans of tens of billions of US dollar will presumably strengthen economic cooperation between the two countries," said Andreas.

Second, that the multidimensional meaning of the visit of the Saudi Arabia’s King after 47 years ago, political aspect-wise, has a strategic value. That is considering Saudi Arabia is a middle power in the Middle East, as well as Indonesia in Southeast Asia.

"Cooperation and improvement of bilateral relations between the two countries will be determining factors for the stability in the two regions," said the politician from East Nusa Tenggara electoral region 1.

The third meaning is that, from the aspect of religion and culture, close cooperation between the two countries will improve the quality of life of Islam religion and Muslim civilization in the world. It is considering Saudi Arabia as the world center of Islamic civilization and Indonesia as a Pancasila democracy state with the largest Muslim population in the world.

"Building cooperation in religion and culture sectors is expected to produce a common understanding between the two countries, which certainly would become a barometer for world peace, especially the Muslim community," he explained. (*)