ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Indonesian President Joko Widodo will pay a State visit to Pakistan on January 26-27, 2018 which will contribute towards strengthening existing fraternal ties between the two Countries.
President Joko Widodo will be accompanied by First Lady Madam Iriana Widodo, Ministers and a large business delegation from Indonesia.
This will be the first visit of President Joko Widodo to Pakistan, the Foreign Office said on Friday.
In 2012, the former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited Pakistan to attend D-8 Summit while President Mamnoon Hussain participated in the Extraordinary Summit of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Palestine and Al Quds Shareef in Jakarta in March 2016.
President Mamnoon Hussain will hold a State banquet for the visiting Indonesian dignitary. President Joko Widodo will also address a Joint Session of the Parliament.
The Indonesian president will also have talks with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
Pakistan and Indonesia enjoy close historical and cordial relations. Indonesia is the 8th largest trading partner of Pakistan and the largest trading partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.
Pakistan’s bilateral trade with Indonesia stands around US$ 2.1 billion annually. Pakistan is one of the largest importers of Indonesian palm oil. Bilateral trade is expected to grow manifold with grant of duty free access to 20 tariff lines from Pakistan for export to Indonesia under the ambit of Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA).
During recent years, bilateral political, parliamentary, economic, defence and people to people contacts have seen a substantial increase.