Indonesia to Invite Leaders of 2 Koreas to Asian Games

Henry Park, July 25, 2018, 3:19 p.m.


Indonesian President Joko Widodo will send special envoys to Seoul and Pyongyang to invite their leaders to the Asian Games that open in Jakarta and Palembang on Aug. 18.

"Indonesia had also hoped to host the U.S.-North Korea summit, which was held in Singapore in June," a government source here said. "Indonesia seems to be trying to bring itself into the international spotlight by hosting a fresh inter-Korean summit there and become a second Singapore."


Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi arrives in Seoul on Thursday to deliver Widodo's invitation to President Moon Jae-in, the Foreign Ministry here said Tuesday.

"Nothing has been decided yet. We should also take into consideration whether North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will accept the invitation," a Cheong Wa Dae official said. "We'll make a decision taking the president's schedule into account."

Indonesia is expected to send another special envoy to Pyongyang late this month.

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