Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Yudhoyono received a courtesy visit from Kim Yong Nam, the President of the Presidium of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly, at Merdeka Palace here on Tuesday.
Kim arrived at the palace at 10 a.m. local time and was greeted by Yudhoyono before joining the honorary ceremony. He is on a visit to Indonesia from May 13 to 16 at the invitation of Yudhoyono.
It is his third visit in his capacity as the president of the Presidium of North Korea's Parliament, to Indonesia.
Kim, who is accompanied by three ministerial-level delegates, is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Yudhoyono and attend a state banquet.
Others present in the welcoming ceremony are Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Radjasa, Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Agung Laksono, Coordinating Minister for Political, and Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto.
Also accompany Industry Minister MS Hidayat, Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan, Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa, Chief of the Defence Forces Admiral Agus Suhartono, and National Police Chief General Timur Pradopo.
During his visit, Kim is also expected to hold meetings with the chairman of the People`s Consultative Assembly (MPR), Speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR), and Vice President Boediono.
Teuku Faizasyah, a spokesman of President Yudhoyono, said recently that in the bilateral meeting, Yudhoyono and Kim will discuss efforts to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries and the latest geopolitical developments in the region.
Editor: Ade Marboen
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