President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is disappointed when he learned that Saudi Arabia invested US$ 65 billion in China, almost ten times the Rp 89 trillion it pledged to Indonesia despite his special treatment of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during his visit to Indonesia in March, according to the Jakarta Post Online report on Friday.
“(Saudi) investment in Indonesia is big, but I am surprised that when the kingdom came to China, he signed (contracts) over Rp 870 trillion ($65 billion), said the president during his visit to the Buntet Pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in Cirebon, West Java, on Thursday.
“I even held up the umbrella for the King, but we got a smaller amount. I am a little bit disappointed, just a little,” said Jokowi.
The president was referring to King Salman’s visit to the Bogor State Palace in West Java on March 1 when heavy downpour welcomed the Saudi’s entourage. He helped hold up the umbrella for the king in an act that received praise from the public.
The king’s visit received a nationwide enthusiastic response. It was considered historical, as King Salman was the first Saudi king to visit Indonesia in 47 years.