DUBAI // Indonesia announced its participation in Expo 2020 Dubai on Monday in a letter from the President Joko Widodo to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.
The letter was delivered to Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation by Husin Bagis, the Indonesian ambassador to the UAE.
“The ties between the UAE and Indonesia are deep and we hope to build on that relationship further in the coming years. Indonesia is an exciting addition to the World Expo,” said Ms Al Hashimy, who is also director general Dubai Expo 2020.
“Expo 2020 Dubai is a chance for the UAE to build stronger bonds with Southeast Asia and the entire world and we are thrilled that Indonesia will be participating.”
Mr Bagis said the theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ reflected his country’s “belief that collaboration and cooperation can help forge a better world. Indonesia will proudly join Expo 2020 Dubai’s prestigious platform, which will facilitate both the creation of partnerships and the exchange of knowledge and expertise in order to address the global challenges of the 21st century.”
Indonesia and the UAE have strong trade and tourism links. Bilateral trade reached Dh11.75 billion last year and both Emirates and Etihad have direct flights to Indonesia’s capital Jakarta.