Jokowi’s Message Bringing Mrs. Iriana to Ukraine, Observer: Interesting

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1NEWS – International relations observer Andrea Abdul Rahman said there was a hidden message when President Joko Widodo invited his wife, Iriana Jokowi, to visit Kyiv, Ukraine.

Andrea said that by bringing First Lady Iriana, Jokowi wanted to emphasize that his arrival to Ukraine brought a message of peace.

“That’s an interesting thing. Jokowi wants to state the role of soft diplomacy,” Andrea told 1NEWS, Thursday (30/6).

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The arrival of Jokowi and Iriana, said Andrea, shows that Indonesia wants to promote soft diplomacy and not only about bilateral relations. This time, Jokowi wants to prioritize humanitarianism.

Andrea said Jokowi also wanted to send a message to the outside world that Iriana was tough enough to enter areas that were deemed less safe because the war was raging.

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“In fact, that area (Ukraine, ed) needs to be given attention or humanitarian assistance by the world,” he said.

On the other hand, Andrea also believes that Jokowi is playing Javanese politics internationally.

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According to him, Jokowi is applying the Javanese proverb which states that the wife is half the soul of the husband.

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