Meeting Zelenskyy, Jokowi Condolences For Victims Of The Russia-Ukraine War Continues To Fall
President Jokowi during a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Japan on Sunday 21 May 2023. (ANTARA-HO-Biro Press Setpres)

JAKARTA - President Joko Widodo held a bilateral meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday, May 21.

In the meeting which took place on the sidelines of the G7 Summit, Jokowi expressed his support for efforts to make peace in the Ukraine-Russia war.

"President Zelenskyy, I will continue to follow the development of the situation in Ukraine. I am sorry for the victims who continue to fall," said Jokowi in a press release, Sunday, May 21.

President Jokowi emphasized that Indonesia continues to support peace efforts in Ukraine and expressed its readiness to become a bridge to peace.

"Indonesia is ready to become a bridge of peace between Ukraine and Russia," he said in Antara.

Meanwhile, President Zelenskyy expressed his appreciation for Indonesia's role in seeking peace in Ukraine.

President Zelenskyy still remembers President Jokowi as one of the country's leaders to visit Kyiv in the midst of the difficult situation facing Ukraine.

"I remember Your Majesty's arrival, including the first to go to Ukraine. Thank you and we will always remember," said Zelenskyy.

During the meeting, the two leaders also talked about food issues, as discussed in Kyiv some time ago. President Jokowi expressed support for the extension of the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

"I welcome the extension of the Black Sea Grain Initiative for two months. This is very important for the smooth running of the world's wheat supply chain," said President Jokowi.

In addition to food problems, meetings also discussed humanitarian aid. Indonesia has committed to contributing to the improvement of one of the hospitals in Ukraine.

"The Indonesian government continues to coordinate with the World Bank and the Ukrainian Ministry of Health regarding this matter," said President Joko Widodo.

Also accompanying President Jokowi in bilateral meetings with President Zelenskyy, namely Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung.

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