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April

Navy warship of the United Kingdom, HMS Albion, is visiting Indonesia and anchoring at Tanjung Priok Port Jakarta for three days, from April 22 to 24, 2018. The vessel is a sea-transport ship from the UK. Built by BAE System Marine at Barrow-inn Furness, Albion was launched in March 2001 by Princess Royal. During anchored in Jakarta, the ship's crews will conduct a series of activities including those involving the Indonesian Navy. In addition, during their visit to Indonesia, the ship crews led by Captain Tim Neild will also take time to visit the orphanage located near the harbor.

“So, by bringing a ship like Albion we look to explore those complementarities to see how we can learn from each other and how we can add each other’s with his capability. So, we can be the better partner together for the future. So, during this deployment, the Albion and the captain will be having a talk and exchanges with the Indonesian Navy. We will be doing that in conjunction with the French colleague. We will also be doing some public diplomacy. You saw the children from the orphanage early on the day. Some sailors will out to the orphanage and will engage with the children. They are looking to understand Indonesian Islam, visit a Pesantren, get the sense on how life is in Indonesia,” said British Ambassador to Indonesia Moazzam Malik in Jakarta on Sunday, April 22.

In addition, Ambassador Moazzam Malik said that HMS Albion's visit in Jakarta is also aimed to invite Indonesia to be more involved in its role in the international world. The Ambassador also said that Indonesia is a G-20 member country with a large economy and democracy. Therefore, the United Kingdom wants to invite Indonesia and see Indonesia more independently. The country also expressed its commitment to cooperate with Indonesia in various fields. (VOI/REZA/Trs.N/AHM)

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April

Two warships of the French Navy, participants of the Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo 2018, anchor in Tanjung Priok, Jakarta, from April 22 to 24. The ships are a French Navy Ship Dixmude, an amphibious carrier and commando, and FNS Surcouf a stealth frigate. The Commander of the Patrol Ship Unit of Primary Base of Navy III, Colonel Salim, said that the crewmen of the two vessels will carry out various activities in Jakarta, including joint exercises with the Western Fleet Command of the Indonesian Navy, TNI-AL.

“The purpose of the French ships here, firstly to follow the Komodo Exercise drills. After leaving from here to Lombok, Bali, until Wednesday. They will also carry out courtesy calls to the Navy Main Base, then to the Navy Officers, the local government, the mayor, and joint sports. There will also be a boat trip. Finally there will also an invitation dinner and maritime discussion, the passing exercise with the Indonesian Western Navy Fleet Command,” said Colonel Salim to the media, on the sidelines of welcoming ceremony of FNS Dixmude and FNS Surcouf on Sunday (22/4).

Colonel Salim further added, that the arrival of FNS Dixmude and FNS Surcouf in Jakarta, is a manifestation of fellow seafarers and Naval Diplomacy. The two Vessels are also to strengthen the relationship of fellow navies around the world as well as enhance bilateral relations among countries. In connection with the two vessels' schedule visit to Bali prior to the Komodo Multilateral Naval Exercise 2018, from May 4 to 9, Colonel Salim said the French Navy will meet with a number of partners to discuss the improvement of defense relations with Indonesia. (VOI/Rezha/NT)

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April

Speaker of the House of Representatives Bambang Soesatyo has called on the government to watch closely money circulation ahead the simultaneous regional election and the Eid al-Fitr, to anticipate circulation of counterfeit money.

"Because usually counterfeit money circulation will increase ahead the regional election and Eid al-Fitr," Bambang Soesatyo said in a statement in Jakarta on Sunday ( April 22 ). 

Soesatyo made his statement in response to the disclosure of a syndicate that produce and circulate counterfeit money in Rp100,000 notes. The case has been investigated further by the crime investigation unit (Bareskrim) of the Indonesian Police. The House speaker has also called on the Finance Ministry, the Central Bank (BI) and the Counterfeit Money Eradication Coordination Agency (Botasupal) to monitor money circulation. He also called on the public to increase awareness on counterfeit money circulation and only exchange their currencies in banks and authorized money changers.

"The public must be aware of this, to minimize counterfeit money circulation," he said, adding that the police should investigate the case thoroughly and impose appropriate punishment for the perpetrators.

Previously, the police has named AP as a suspect in counterfeit money circulation. He was allegedly funded the production of counterfeit money. Deputy Director of special economic crime Senior Commissioner Daniel Tahi Monang Silitonga said, AP has confessed he committed the crime to pay his debt.

"Daniel said, the police has named three other suspects AK (56), AD (62), and AM (35) who played different roles to design and print the money.

They sold the original Rp100,000 notes for three pieces of counterfeit notes. (antara)

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April

The Indonesian Embassy in Rabat, Morocco held the Indonesia Day themed "Improving Bilateral Relation between RI-Morocco through Culture" at Faculty of Science, Semlilia, Cadi Ayyad University, Marakas, Morocco. The event was enlivened with general discussion, cultural activities, and Indonesian culinary festival. That was conveyed by the Information, Social, and Cultural Affairs of Indonesian Embassy in Rabat, Hanung Nugraha, to Antara News London, Saturday, April 21st. Indonesian Ambassador in Rabat, Syarief Syamsuri, said, the activities of Indonesia Day as an effort to bring Indonesia closer in terms of culture and art, culinary and tradition in general to the people of Morocco. Indonesia and Morocco have officially opened diplomatic relations since 1960 and continue to improve bilateral relations between the two countries, through the arts and culture. (Antara 22.04.2018 Sg edit Nrl/trans by Rezha/edt ART)

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