U.S. President Joe Biden will host visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) for a meeting at the White House on November 13.
During the meeting, the two leaders will discuss a range of issues, including the continued transition to clean energy, efforts to spur economic growth, and efforts to promote peace and stability in the region, the White House said Tuesday.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stressed that during the meeting, Biden will reaffirm the United States' commitment to strengthening the nearly 75-year relationship between the two countries, which are now two of the three largest democracies in the world.
Jean-Pierre also revealed that the meeting will discuss cooperation to strengthen ASEAN's centrality and ensure the rule of international law.
Jokowi's visit to the White House comes ahead of Joe Biden's trip to San Francisco this weekend to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. Biden and Jokowi also met at the Group of 20 summit in New Delhi in September. Meanwhile, Biden also visited Indonesia in November, when Indonesia hosted the G-20 summit.
On the other hand, Jokowi revealed that his visit to the White House was sent by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to convey the results of the OIC summit in Saudi Arabia, including telling President Joe Biden to make efforts to stop the conflict in Gaza. This was revealed by Jokowi after his visit to one of the vocational high schools in Purwakarta, West Java, Indonesia (Nov 9).
For more information, Jokowi will attend the OIC summit in Saudi Arabia tomorrow night. After the meeting, Jokowi will immediately fly to the United States. However, so far Jokowi has not given any details about the agenda of the upcoming OIC summit, only mentioning that this OIC meeting is specifically to discuss Gaza conflict. Nevertheless, according to him, one of the points that will be conveyed to Biden is a request to end the conflict in Gaza.