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Indonesian president says Putin, Xi to attend G-20 meeting in Nov.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo delivers his annual State of the Nation Address ahead of the country's Independence Day, at the parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Aug. 16, 2022. (Bagus Indahono/Pool Photo via AP)

JAKARTA (Kyodo) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are both planning to attend a Group of 20 summit in Indonesia in November, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said in an interview with Bloomberg on Thursday.

    If Putin and Xi join the G-20 meeting alongside U.S. President Joe Biden and other world leaders, it will be the first face-to-face encounter they have had since Russia launched a major invasion of Ukraine in February.

    Widodo, meanwhile, has invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the G-20 summit. Putin and Zelenskyy have not held direct talks since Russia's aggression against Ukraine. Both nations were part of the now-defunct Soviet Union.

    "Xi Jinping will come. President Putin has also told me he will come," Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, was quoted as saying by Bloomberg.

    "The rivalry of the big countries is indeed worrying," he said, adding, "What we want is for this region is to be stable, peaceful, so that we can build economic growth. And I think not only Indonesia: Asian countries also want the same thing," the news agency reported.

    His remarks came as Sino-U.S. tensions have been sharply escalating over democratic Taiwan after U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the third-highest-ranking official of the nation, visited the self-ruled island earlier this month.

    Communist-led China and Taiwan have been governed separately since they split in 1949 as the result of a civil war.

    According to the news agency, Putin and Widodo discussed preparations for the G-20 summit in a phone call Thursday, but the Kremlin did not mention whether the Russian leader will participate in the gathering to be held on the resort island of Bali.

    Late last month, the Indonesian president visited Beijing and held talks with Xi. The two leaders agreed to work together to make a success of the G-20 summit.

    With the G-7 -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States plus the European Union -- the G-20 also includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea and Turkey. Ukraine is not a member of the G-20.

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