Alya Nurbaiti and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The United States has agreed to supply Indonesia with medical equipment, including ventilators, for its battle with COVID-19, following a phone call between President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his US counterpart Donald Trump.
Trump tweeted on Friday evening Jakarta time that he had spoken with Jokowi – whom he called "my friend" – about possible cooperation between Indonesia and the US regarding medical supplies.
"Just spoke to my friend, President Joko Widodo of the Republic of Indonesia. Asking for Ventilators, which we will provide," the US president tweeted.
Just spoke to my friend, President Joko Widodo of the Republic of Indonesia. Asking for Ventilators, which we will provide. Great cooperation between us! – Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 24, 2020
Jakarta confirmed that the phone call took place, with the two leaders discussing handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, including Indonesia's lack of medical supplies such, as personal protective equipment and face masks.
"President Trump spoke about his country's efforts to produce ventilators and said he would send equipment to Indonesia once it is ready. This cooperation will be overseen by each country's respective teams," read a statement issued by the State Palace press bureau on Saturday.
Jokowi and Trump also agreed to strengthen economic cooperation and trade to help restore the global economy.
"Indonesia is an important country for the US. We should maintain this cooperation," said Trump, as quoted by the press bureau.