Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan claims that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is liked by many people.
And not just in Indonesia. The name Jokowi is famous even among world leaders.
"I see that people like him (Jokowi), world leaders like him, so this facilitates our work", said Pandjaitan during a friendly get together at the Association of Indonesian Village Governments (APDESI) 2022 National Meeting, which was held at the Senayan Sports Centre in Jakarta on Tuesday March 29.
Pandjaitan claimed that he has met with several world leaders ranging from US President Joe Biden, Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
According to Pandjaitan, the meetings with these world leaders were not because he is extraordinary, but rather because they respect President Widodo.
"Because they respect President Jokowi, who sent me to meet with them", he said.
Because of this, said Pandjaitan, Indonesia is fortunate to have presidential figures such as Widodo.
"We are grateful to Allah for giving us, God for giving us President Jokowi in the Republic of Indonesia", he said.
Aside from being liked by world leaders, according to Pandjaitan, Widodo also represents a figure that has many other qualities.
He believes that Widodo is a person who is simple, but brave in making decisions, and a visionary or is able to look to the future.
Pandjaitan said that over his 21 year carrier as a military officer in the Army's Special Forces (Kopassus), he has known many different kinds of leaders.
Out of all the leaders he has had as his superior, Pandjaitan claimed there has been no other figure with as many qualities as Widodo.
"So this is the character which our president has, we are fortunate as I said earlier, to have a leader like this", he said.
[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was "Luhut Klaim Jokowi Disenangi dan Dihormati Para Pemimpin Dunia".]