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Indonesia's Joko Widodo Reaches Kyiv On Peace Mission, Will Meet Both Zelensky, Putin

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Last Updated: June 30, 2022, 15:31 IST

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 Indonesian President Joko Widodo, second right, and his wife Iriana, right, walk on the platform prior to boarding a train that will take them to Kyiv, Ukraine, at a railway station in Przemysl, Poland (Image: AP Photo/Indonesian Presidential Palace)

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, second right, and his wife Iriana, right, walk on the platform prior to boarding a train that will take them to Kyiv, Ukraine, at a railway station in Przemysl, Poland (Image: AP Photo/Indonesian Presidential Palace)

G20 Chairman Indonesian President Joko Widodo will focus his talks with both countries to cease hostilities and help ease a global food crisis.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo started a visit to Ukraine on Wednesday that is intended to help rekindle peace talks between Russia and Ukraine and explore ways to free up exports of grain to global markets.

President Widodo, better known as Jokowi, and his wife arrived in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv by train, the Indonesian presidential website said.

Jokowi is the chair of the Group of 20 (G20) nations and one of six world leaders the United Nations appointed as “champions” of a Global Crisis Response Group (GCRG), formed to address the threat of hunger and destitution posed by the war in Ukraine.

He has said he is committed to tackling rising food and energy prices, with the Ukraine conflict causing food and energy shortages that have stoked inflation in many countries.

Before the war, Ukraine had been one of Indonesia’s biggest wheat suppliers.

Jokowi will meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy before travelling to Russia for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Indonesian leader said he will urge Putin to agree to a ceasefire.

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first published:June 29, 2022, 15:55 IST
last updated:June 30, 2022, 15:31 IST