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President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo will hold the Idul Fitri 1440 Hijriah Open House at the State Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday, 5 June 2019, which coincides with 1 Shawwal 1440 Hijri.

This gathering with the community will start at 09.30 WIB until 11.00 WIB.

For people who will attend this gathering, they are welcome to enter through the gathering point on Jalan Silang Monas Barat Laut, Jakarta.

In addition, while waiting for the queue to shake hands with the Head of State, the community will wait in the tents provided. In each of the tents, snacks and drinks have been prepared for the community.

For mutual convenience, guests who were present at the gathering were not allowed to carry bags and cellphones.

Before staying in touch with the community, the President will first be in charge of the vice president with Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Mrs. Mufidah Jusuf Kalla, Chairmen of State Institutions, Working Cabinet ministers, ambassadors of friendly countries, other state officials at 09.00 WIB until 09:30 WIB. (kemensetkab)


The government through the Ministry of Religion  held an isbat session which stipulates 1 Shawwal 1440 Hijriah or Eid al-Fitr falls on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

"1 Shawwal 1440 H falls on Wednesday June 5, 2019," said Minister of Religion (Minister of Religion) Lukman Hakim Saifuddin at a press conference after the Islamic congregation hearing at the Ministry of Religion's office, Jalan MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta, Monday (3/6).

Previously, astronomers from the Falakiyah Ministry of Religion Cecep Nurwendaya, at the time of the exposure, stressed that no empirical reference to the visibility (appearance) of the Shawwal's initial hilal 1440H could be observed throughout Indonesia on Monday (3/6).

This was conveyed by Cecep when presenting the hilal position data towards the beginning of Shawwal 1440H / 2019M at the Isbat Awal Syawal Session 1440H, in Jakarta. "All regions of Indonesia have a negative hilal height. Hilal is sinking before the sun, "Cecep explained at the isbat session at the Ministry of Religion Office, Jakarta, Monday (3/6).

Present at a press conference after the isbat session, Minister of Religion Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, Chair of the MUI K.H. Yusnar Yusuf, and Chairperson of Commission VIII Ali Taher. Also present at the isbat meeting of ambassadors of friendly countries, leaders of mass organizations including NU and Muhammadiyah, astronomers from LAPAN and Boscha Planetarium, and Echelon I and II officials of the Ministry of Religion. (Ministry of Religion Public Relations )


Delegates from the Islamic State of Afghanistan will pay a visit to Ambon, Maluku Province, to gain insights into how religious tolerance is practiced in the city.

"In line with the schedule we received from the Afghan delegations, they will conduct comparative studies in the city of Ambon on June 19-21, 2019," Ambon Mayor Richard Louhenapessy noted on Sunday.

Ambon was granted a recommendation from the Foreign Affairs Ministry as a destination to delve into the practice of tolerance among religious believers.

The city has a Christian-majority population, and Islam is the second-largest religion.

"The arrival of delegates from Afghanistan is a matter of pride for the people of Ambon. It means that the city is receiving increasingly more acclaim from the international community and, most importantly, Ambon has a brand," he noted.

Louhenapessy affirmed that Ambon is listed among "the most tolerant cities" in Indonesia on the basis of the human rights advocacy group Setara Institute report in 2018.

The group conducts annual research to rank the most tolerant cities based on practices of tolerance followed in 94 cities in the country.

Some of the points under observation are freedom of religion or belief, gender equality, and social inclusion guaranteed and protected by law. In addition, the statements and actions of city government officials regarding tolerance are taken into account.

Louhenapessy added that Ambon City had also bagged the Harmony Award from the Ministry of Religious Affairs for being the most harmonious city.

Out of several cities in Indonesia, Ambon was then designated in the category of being the city with the most harmonious religious life through Minister of Religious Affairs' Decree Number 1 of 2019. (ant) 


President Joko Widodo led the funeral ceremony of the Indonesian First Lady from 2004 to 2014, Hj Kristiana Herrawati Yudhoyono or Ani Yudhoyono, at the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery, Jakarta, Sunday.

At the military ceremony, serving as Commander of Ani Yudhoyono's Funeral Ceremony, was Col Inf Yudha Airlangga, a commander of the Army special command.

While the Ceremony Officer was  Brigadier General Herianto Syahputra.

The ceremony began with a report by the ceremony commander to the ceremony inspector before proceeding with the reading of the late's brief curriculum vitae.

Then the funeral ceremony was led by the ceremonial inspector before the drop of the corpse into the grave. Next is flower sowing event by the family.

After that, the hoarding of the burrow was symbolically by the family representatives followed by the grave officers.

Then laying a wreath by the ceremony inspector and family representatives.

On that occasion, the ceremony inspector and a family representative delivered speeches.

Then the ceremony was continued with a prayer and a final tribute to the deceased spirit led by the ceremony inspector.

The ceremony was closed by submitting a report by the ceremony commander to the ceremony inspector.

The Republic of Indonesia's First Lady of 2004-2014, Hj Kristiani Herrawati or Ani Yudhoyono who is the daughter of Sarwo Edhie Wibowo  (an Indonesian military leader) passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2019 in Singapore.

Ani Yudhoyono has breathed her last breath after battling blood cancer since the last few months.

In addition to the family, present at the funeral were a number of civil and military officials, former state officials and representatives of friendly countries.

A number of figures present included HR Agung Laksono, Haryono Suyono, Budi Waseso, Budi Gunawan, Hasto Kristianto, Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, Pramono Anung, Ganjar Pranowo.

In addition, Ridwan Kamil, Emil Salim, Khofifah Indar Parawansa, Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, General Tito Karnavian, Basuki Hadimujono, Hanif Dhakiri, Budi Karya Sumadi, Hidayat Nurwahid, Moeldoko, HS Dilon, Sinta Nuriyah Wahid, Yenny Wahid, Puan Maharani.

Also present was the third President of the Republic of Indonesia BJ Habibie, the Fifth President of the Republic of Indonesia Megawati Soekarnoputri, the Indonesian Vice President for the 2009-2014 Period Boediono and his wife, one of the Vice Presidents of the Soeharto era, Try Soetrisno.

At the end of the ceremony President Joko Widodo handed over the red and white flag to Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. (ANTARA)


The Indonesian people were shocked by the news of the death of the wife of the 6th Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Christian Herawati bint Sarwo Edhie Wibowo or Ani Yudhoyono, Saturday (01/06/2019) at National University Hospital, Singapore, at 11.50 local time or 10:50 West Indonesia Time .

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Saturday afternoon at the Bogor Presidential Palace, conveyed his grief for the death of Ani Yudhoyono. In addition, President Joko Widodo who was accompanied by first lady Iriana Joko Widodo and Minister of State Pratikno, also invited the Indonesian people to pray for the deceased Ani Yudhoyono.

“Innalillahi wainna ilaihi rojiun. Allow me on behalf of the government and all the people of Indonesia to express our deepest condolences to their return to the grace of Kristiani Herawati binti Sarwo Edhie Wibowo, Ani Yudhoyono, wife of Indonesia's 6th president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the age of 67. I invite all Indonesian people to pray together for the deceased, hopefully, be accepted and given the best place in the sight of Allah SWT, Husnul Khotimah, and the family will get fortitude and patience. Aamiin YRA,” said President Joko Widodo.

Ani Yudhoyono's body on Saturday night was laid at the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore and then taken to Jakarta to be laid in Puri Cikeas Bogor before being buried Sunday afternoon at the Jakarta Kalibata Heroes Cemetery. (VOI / Ndy / AHM)


The Singapore Foreign Ministry expressed its condolences over the passing of former First Lady of the Republic of Indonesia Ani Yudhoyono.

The wife of the 6th President of the Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono passed away at National University Hospital, Singapore, on Saturday at 11.50 local time after struggling to fight blood cancer in the past four months.

"The Singapore Government extends its deepest condolences to Bapak Yudhoyono and family, and to the people of Indonesia, in this time of mourning," Singapore Foreign Ministry wrote on its press statement, Saturday.

Died at the age of 66, the woman whose full name is Kristiani Herrawati Yudhoyono left her husband, two sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. (ANTARA)

Ani Yudhoyono (66), the wife of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono passed away at 11.50 local time on Saturday after being treated for several months at the National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore for blood cancer.
"Ibu Ani passed away at 11.50 Singapore time," a spokesman of Democrat Party Task Force Command Tomi Satryatomo said.
On Saturday morning , a spokesperson of Democrat Party Imelda Sari entered the hospital building tearfully and walked directly to the ICU (intensive care unit).
She refused to give further information to journalist. "I am still waiting," she said.
The Indonesian First Lady during the 2004-2014 period is well known for her passion for photography and as an active social media user. She regularly updates her activities with her husband and family to her millions Instagram followers, including her moments in the hospital.
On Friday (31/5), Andi Mallarangeng, a senior politician of the Democratic Party paid a visit to Ani Yudhoyono at NUH.
Mallarangeng admitted Ibu Ani's health condition steadily deteriorating in spite of signs of improvement.
While undergoing treatment for blood cancer, Ani Yudhoyono's health condition has kept fluctuating.
Mallarangeng remarked that chemotherapy was commonly administered during cancer treatment.
"Anyone who has ever had cancer must have also experienced 'ups and downs' during chemotherapy," he added. (ANTARA) 

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) today, Friday (31/5), suddenly visited Pasar Senen Station, Jakarta to inspect the situation of Lebaran 1440 H. homecoming.

"Yes, seeing this economic train from Senen goes to Madiun. We want to check. "It's normal, full but not as dense as I imagined," the President said when giving information to journalists after the review.

Arriving at Pasar Senen Station at around 16.00 WIB, the President immediately greeted the people who were about to go home to go to the width of the village. The community immediately welcomed the arrival of the Head of State with enthusiasm. Not a few of them approached to shake hands and take pictures with the President.

The president then continues the review by walking towards the Senen Station platform. The Head of State then checks the Brantas Train, which runs the Pasar Senen Jakarta - Blitar East Java route on line 3.

"Yes, this is not all to Madiun. There are those who go down in Solo, some are down in Semarang, some are down in Cirebon, "the President continued.

The President believes that the management of PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI), Indonesia Train, has been very prepared in facing this year's Lebaran homecoming. According to him, for this year the number of travelers has increased by around four percent from last year.

"I think the number (increase) is normal," he said.

The Head of State also advised the travelers to remain cautious while on the trip to be able to stay in touch and spread in their respective hometowns.

"Yes, be careful in your hometown. Please expand, stay in touch with all your family and friends, come back again and we work all of them, "he concluded.

During the inspection at Pasar Senen Station, the President was accompanied by Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung and Operation Manager I of  PT KAI Dadan Rusdyansah. (BPMI / EN)


The Ambassadors of UN member countries appreciated the Indonesian Presidency at the UN Security Council in May and expressed their appreciation for Indonesia's efforts to lead various DK sessions, including facilitating the achievement of a number of agreements among all DK members so that consensus was reached.

"The Indonesian presidency went smoothly with very good programs, and we appreciated the leadership of Indonesia as the President of the UN Security Council who was firm and authoritative this month," said the Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia. The same thing was stated by other Permanent Representatives.

Appreciation also came from media circles at the United Nations and civil society organizations, who viewed the Indonesian Presidency as being very open, professional, productive and objective.

Since May 1, 2019, the UNSC Presidency has produced various UNSC documents / products, namely 4 resolutions, 1 Presidential Statement, 3 Press Statements and 3 Elements for the Press. Under the Indonesian Presidency two open sessions were held on the UN Mission of Peacekeeping and the Protection of Civilians; 15 open briefings; 14 closed consultations; and 3 meetings in the Arria format. There are a total of 45 activities within the 22 working days of the United Nations.

The theme of the Indonesian Presidency "Sowing the seeds of peace" is always echoed in various statements of Indonesia's position on the DK. Indonesia's strong commitment is very visible with the presence of the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi in a number of UN Security Council meetings this month, particularly related to Palestine.

"In addition to various formal meetings of the UNSC, Indonesia also held a number of meetings with the Secretary General of the United Nations, NGOs, the European Union, including initiating the Sofa Talk meeting at the PTRI in New York, where all UN Security Council members could discuss informally sensitive issues," the Indonesian Permanent Representative for the United Nations affirmed in New York, Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani.

Ambassador Djani added, "Indonesia greatly appreciates the appreciation and support of various parties during this month of the Presidency. In addition to fighting for our national interests, we also use the role of this Presidency to bridge the differences in the position of members of the Security Council to achieve world peace and security. "

The Indonesian Presidency is also used to promote the richness of Indonesian culture, through batik diplomacy and culinary diplomacy (Gastro diplomacy).

All UN ambassadors supported the Indonesian batik diplomacy, and compactly used batik in various UNSC meetings, including at the final reception of the Indonesian Presidency on 30 May 2019, at the UN Headquarters in New York.

"Indonesian batik brings color to the UN Security Council and we are happy to use batik," the UN Security Council Ambassador said.

The presidency's final reception was marked by a combination of traditional and modern cultural performances with the appearance of the Saman dance from Saman Kecapi Leuser Gayo and Indonesian student bands from Berklee School of Music in Boston. Indonesian popular songs accompany poco-poco dance and line dance, and invite all invitations to participate, led by Ms. Yanti Djani and Dharwa Women Association of the Indonesian Republic of Indonesia. (Source: Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia New York)


Attended by more than 50 state representatives and representatives of industry, international NGOs and international indigenous organizations, Indonesia successfully led international meetings to encourage immediate achievement of intellectual property protection of genetic resources, traditional knowledge, and traditional cultural expression (SDGPTEBT). The meeting was opened by the Permanent Representative of Indonesia for the UN, WTO, and other international organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Hasan Kleib.

"Congratulations to Indonesia, which has successfully held activities that are very beneficial for all stakeholders related to negotiating the protection of SDGPTEBT in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The holding of this conference further strengthened Indonesia's leadership in relation to the issue of SDGPTEBT protection which has been proven since 2008 when Indonesia took the role of coordinator of the 58-member Like Minded Group of Countries (LMCs) from Asia, Africa and Latin America ", as stated by the Nigerian delegation representing all Conference participants.

The main objective of the holding of this International Conference is to encourage the ratification of the international agreement for the protection of the SDGPTEBT and to ensure the continuation of the negotiating mandate for ratifying the agreement.

"As a country that is rich in genetic resources (megabiodiverse country) and traditional culture and knowledge, the protection of SDGPTEBT is part of a national priority that needs to be fought for," said Ambassador Hasan Kleib in his opening speech at the international conference.

Indonesia is one of 17 megadverse countries in the world, which has a diversity of flora (more than 20 thousand) and fauna (more than 350 thousand) as well as cultural knowledge and expressions (more than 7 thousand). The value of the global trade in SDGPTEBT annually reaches more than 800 billion US dollars and has the potential to contribute to national economic income. Without the recognition of international intellectual property protection for SDGPTEBT, genetic resource assets and Indonesian culture have the potential to continue to be abused and utilized by foreigners.

The international conference on intellectual property protection for the SDGPTEBT was held in Montreux, Switzerland. Indonesia is one of the key countries negotiating international agreements related to SDGPTEBT at WIPO. Since 2012, Indonesia has served as Deputy Chair of negotiations on SDGPTEBT protection and since 2008, Indonesia has been the coordinator of the Like Minded Group of Countries during the SDGPTEBT negotiations. (Source: Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia Geneva)

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