Saudi King Salman is sheltered from the rain upon his arrival at the presidential palace in Bogor, West Java. Photo: AFP

A fairytale trip and the truth about Indonesia’s importance to Saudi Arabia

Spectacle of King Salman’s visit to Jakarta shows a shift in the relationship – and masks his kingdom’s deeper motives

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Saudi King Salman is sheltered from the rain upon his arrival at the presidential palace in Bogor, West Java. Photo: AFP
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Jeffrey Hutton

Jeffrey Hutton

Jeff is based in Jakarta where he specializes in political, economic and human rights issues. He got his start in the late 1990s in Tokyo where he was a subeditor at the English edition of the Mainichi Shimbun. He went on to join Bloomberg News in Tokyo and then the Australian Financial Review in Sydney. Recently he started satupelangi.org, a website devoted to LGBT issues in Indonesia.