President Abdullah Gül paid an official visit to Indonesia upon the invitation of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono from April 3-6, 2011.
President Gül and the First Lady were welcomed by the Indonesian Foreign Minister, Marty Natalegawa; the Turkish Ambassador to Jakarta, Murat Adalı and other officials at Jakarta Military Airport.
As part of his schedule in Indonesia, the President laid a wreath at the Kalibata National Heroes’ Memorial Cemetery built in memory of those who lost their lives under the Dutch colony and during World War I and II. The First Couple later explored the 120, 000-person capacity Istiqlal Mosque (Independence Mosque), Southeast Asia’s biggest and the world’s 4th biggest mosque.
On the second day of his schedule, President Gül was welcomed with an official ceremony by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia at the Presidential Palace, Istana Merdeka. After having had a tete-a-tete that both First Ladies joined as well, the two leaders proceeded to the delegational talks and then held a joint press conference.
Prior to the joint press conference, the following agreements were signed between Turkey and Indonesia:
The Agreement on Lifting Visa Requirements for Diplomatic Passports; The Agreement on Disaster Management and The Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation.
The President, further meeting with opinion leaders at a luncheon, also attended the Turkey-Indonesia Business Forum with his Indonesian counterpart during which he made a speech.
The First Couple later participated in the official dinner given by President Yudhoyono and Mrs. Yudhoyono.
On Wednesday, the President also visited both the University of Indonesia, where he was decorated with Honorary Doctorate, and the Turkish School, Kharisma Bangsa School. He, on the same day, left for Turkey.
President Gül’s visit to Indonesia had particular importance as his was the first Presidential visit from Turkey to this country in 16 years.
Accompanying the President on his visit were State Minister Prof. Dr. Mehmet Aydın; Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister Mehdi Eker; MPs, academicians; businessmen and members of the press.