Indonesian President Joko Widodo (L) and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (R) shake hands during a meeting in Colombo on January 25, 2018. Widodo is on an official visit to Sri Lanka until January 25. / AFP / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI
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