H.E. Dr. Andri Hadi Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia presented his Letters of Credentials to King Philippe of Belgium

H.E. Dr. Andri Hadi Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia presented his Letters of Credentials to King Philippe of Belgium

 

Brussels, January 13th, 2021 – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of Belgium, Dr. Andri Hadi, presented his Letters of Credentials to King Philippe of Belgium today (13/01/21) at the Royal Palace of Brussels. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was done in accordance with the Covid-19 protocol. This presentation will mark the formal assumption of Ambassador Hadi’s assignment as the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of Belgium.

During the one-on-one meeting with King Philippe, Ambassador Hadi conveyed an invitation from the President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo to King Philippe to visit Indonesia, when the pandemic eases. President Joko Widodo had the opportunity to meet with King Philippe in 2016 during his visit to Brussels.

During the meeting, King Philippe of Belgium expressed his sympathy and condolences for the victims and the family of the crashed Sriwijaya Air. Ambassador Hadi said that this was a very sad day for Indonesia. He also informed the King that the black box of Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 has been found and the Indonesian Search and Rescue team will continue the search operation of the remains. “The government is working to find out the cause of the accident and assisting the family members of the victims for support”, he added.

King Philippe also cared to know how Indonesia manages the Covid-19 pandemic. Ambassador Hadi informed that with a population of approximately 270 million people, responding to and mitigating the pandemic for Indonesia has not been easy. However, with the vaccines being distributed to the people now, he expressed optimism that Indonesia can mitigate the pandemic better in the future. He also informed that today President Joko Widodo has received the first Covid-19 vaccine shot to encourage the people of Indonesia to do the same.

Speaking of bilateral relations, King Philippe and Ambassador Hadi discussed the future cooperation between the two on counter terrorism, of which Indonesian Counter Terrorism Agency (BNPT) and Belgium’s Coordination Unit Threat Analysis (CUTA) have been working closely. The issue of palm oil was also discussed. Ambassador Hadi took the chance to explain that Indonesian palm oil is safe and that the European consumers should not be worried. Our palm oil is strictly regulated and certified according to international sustainability standards (by RSPO). In fact, palm oil is the only vegetable oil that goes through the certification process. Beside palm oil, King Philippe and Ambassador Hadi also discussed the future of the  Indonesia – European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (l-EU CEPA) and agreed on the need to conclude this agreement  at the earliest.

Bilateral relations between Indonesia and Belgium began in 1949 and continue to evolve and strengthen over the years. Ambassador Hadi, arrived in Belgium in November 2020, is also accredited as the Indonesian Ambassador to Luxembourg, the European Union and the World Customs Organizations.

 

Source: Dara Yusilawati, First Secretary, Embassy of Indonesia in Brussels