President Joko Widodo officially opened Ulama trilateral meeting of Afghanistan, Indonesia and Pakistan to talk about stability and peace in Afghanistan at Bogor Palace in West Java on Friday (May 11th). A total of 45 ulemas from three countries attended a series of closed meetings. In his opening remarks, President Joko Widodo asserted that Indonesia does encourage peace and stability in Afghanistan. He hoped that this meeting can provide concrete results for peace process in Afghanistan.
“Through ulemas’ voices, especially from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Indonesia, the spirit of ukhuwah for peace in Afghanistan can be strengthened. Unavoidably, this is a tough task as well as a noble task for ulemas. Thus, I re-called and let intend this meeting solely to achieve Allah's blessings. Through sowing the seeds of peace and avoiding violence among His servants. With sincere intentions, the trilateral meeting of ulemas, Insya Allah, will be a concrete contribution to peace process in Afghanistan,” President Joko Widodo said.
As reported earlier, the idea of this trilateral meeting of ulemas is the follow-up of President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla’s state visits earlier this year. The visits were followed by ministerial talks. In the opening of this meeting, President Joko Widodo was accompanied by Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), Ma'ruf Amin. (VOI/Rini H/trans by Rezha/RHM)