Jokowi, First Lady Iriana Arrive in Sydney for State Visit

Later in the evening, Jokowi and Iriana will attend an official state dinner held in the official residence of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

"This visit is very important for us because it shows how close we are as neighbours", foreign ministry spokesman Arrmanantha Nasir said today.

In response, President Sirisena said he was looking forward to meet his Indonesian counterpart for discussions on further improving bi-lateral relations and cooperation in trade, investment and tourism. While Jakarta does not have any disputes with Beijing over territory in the sea, unlike other Asian nations, China's claims overlap Indonesian waters near the Natunas.

The materials, which were spotted by a visiting Indonesian officer, contained comments deemed offensive on subjects including the Papua region's independence movement and Indonesia's state ideology, known as Pancasila.

However, both countries were keen to stress the strength of the bilateral relationship in the lead up to the visit.

Australia's army chief apologized to Indonesia this month, but the military cooperation remains suspended.

Widodo was due to visit Australia in November previous year but cancelled the trip after protests led by hardline Muslims erupted in the capital Jakarta.

Upon meeting the President, the special envoy, Fachir stated that Indonesia has already dispatched the first consignment of the rice donation for drought relief, announced by President Widodo.

  • Leroy Wright