Aleksandr Lukashenko on a state visit to Indonesia

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President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko has arrived in Indonesia on a state visit which will last till 20 March.

The Belarusian head of state was welcomed at the airport of Jakarta.

This is the first top-level visit in the history of bilateral relations despite the fact that diplomatic relations between the two states were established 20 years ago. Starting from 2009, delegations exchange visits, executive and legislative bodies hold regular talks as part of bilateral and multilateral events. In 2011 the Embassy of Belarus was opened in Indonesia.

On 18 March Aleksandr Lukashenko laid a wreath at the Kalibata Hero Monument.

The monument was erected on the territory of the military cemetery for Indonesian heroes who died during the war for independence from the Netherlands in 1945-1949. About 7,000 people, including famous politicians, soldiers and public figures, are buried at the cemetery.

Aleksandr Lukashenko observed a minute of silence to honor the memory of the national heroes of Indonesia and made an entry in the Guest of Honor Book.

On 19 March the Belarusian head of state will meet with his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to discuss a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation. The parties will sign a number of international documents. Aleksandr Lukashenko is expected to attend a state dinner on behalf of the President of Indonesia.

Jakarta also plays host to bilateral meetings and negotiations of the Belarusian delegation with Indonesian colleagues to discuss enhancement of bilateral cooperation.