Jokowi cuts US trip short to attend to haze crisis
JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is canceling his trip to San Francisco to attend to the worsening haze in his home country.
On Monday, October 26, the Palace confirmed that Jokowi is cutting his trip short due to the complaints from the public on the impact of the haze on their health. (READ: 'No escape': The desperate state of Indonesians living in haze)
In San Francisco, Jokowi was set to meet fund managers and Silicon Valley executives, including from Google and Apple's Tim Cook to help attract investors to the country. In a statement, Jokowi said the meetings would be continued by his ministers.
His agenda in Washington DC remains, before he flies back home to go directly to badly-hit Palangkaraya. 3 warships carrying medical teams, tents, cooking stoves and protective masks have also been deployed to the worst-affected regions in Kalimantan, as mass evacuations remain a possibility.
Jokowi is the first Indonesian president to visit the United States in a decade, He arrived in the US, Sunday and had originally planned a 5-day visit.
The President is expected to depart the US on Tuesday, October 27, and is expected to arrive in Indonesia on Thursday, October 29, using Indonesian Presidential Plane-1.– Rappler.com