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How a Gulf Prince Charmed Jokowi and Poured Money Into Indonesia

  • Leaders of U.A.E. and Indonesia said to be like “brothers”
  • Sheikh Mohammed chairs committee for Indonesia’s new capital
Joko Widodo with Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan duirng a state visit at the presidential palace in Bogor, July 2019.
Joko Widodo with Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan duirng a state visit at the presidential palace in Bogor, July 2019.Photographer: Mast Irham/Pool Photo via AP Photo
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During a visit last summer where he strolled through the tropical gardens next to Indonesia’s summer Presidential Palace, Abu Dhabi’s crown prince offered to build a grand mosque for his host, Joko Widodo. If that seemed like a generous gesture, the two men struck a bigger bargain within months, appointing the de-facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates to chair the steering committee for a new $34 billion Indonesian capital city.