Trade Minister Zulkifri Hasan hopes that more Indonesian food will be available in Saudi Arabia as hundreds of thousands of Indonesian pilgrims visit the country each year.
“Imagine, we send 200,000 Hajj pilgrims every year, maybe millions of Umrah pilgrims. Combined, that number will surely double. Now eggs, poultry, spices, fish, vegetables and fruits (some) are imported from Vietnam and Thailand,” Hasan said in a statement received on Friday. rice field.
During a recent working visit to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the minister expressed hope that more Indonesian products would be exported to Saudi Arabia to meet the demand of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims.
“To realize a trade agreement between Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, at least to allow more products to be exported to Saudi Arabia to meet the demand from Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, as well as the local population. , we will deal with this quickly,” he said. said.
He also expressed hope that Saudi Arabia will become a hub for Indonesian food exports to the Middle East market.
“Saudi Arabia hopes to become a hub to Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the rest of the world,” the minister said.
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