Signifies RI-UAE closeness, Widodo says on mosque bearing his name

Signifies RI-UAE closeness, Widodo says on mosque bearing his name

Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has said that the street and mosque named after him in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), signify the close relationship between Indonesia and the UAE.

“In Abu Dhabi, there is Jokowi Street, while in Indonesia, we have the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Skyway. In Surakarta city (Indonesia), we have the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and in Abu Dhabi, the Jokowi Mosque stands,” he said in an Instagram post on Tuesday.

According to him, the relations between Indonesia and the UAE have become closer in all fields.

“Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates have officially established diplomatic relations since 1976. The two countries are getting closer in all fields: from the economy, education, to the interpersonal relations of leaders,” he noted.

“The latest one, Jokowi Mosque, was built starting from 2021, and (the construction was) completed in October 2023, and now, it is open to the public,” he said.

Earlier, the Indonesian Ambassador to the UAE, Husin Bagis, said that the President Joko Widodo Mosque in Abu Dhabi is a symbol of strong brotherhood between Indonesia and the UAE.

The mosque was officially opened to public on December 14, 2023.

The mosque’s opening ceremony was attended by several UAE officials, including Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, and chair of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Omar Habtoor Al-Direi.

The mosque is located in the diplomatic area of Abu Dhabi and is crossed by the President Joko Widodo Road. It stands on land measuring 3,766 square meters and can accommodate 2,500 people.

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