Jakarta (AFP) – The leaders of the two Koreas have been invited to the Asian Games next month in Indonesia, Jakarta said on Monday, after the neighbors agreed to field several common teams.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo sent a formal invitation Friday to South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Widody's spokesman said, but it was not immediately clear whether they both had responded.
"Invitation letters were sent to leaders," spokesman Johan Budi told AFP.
Last month, the organizers of Asian Games announced that North Korea and the South will join three sports: rowing, rowing and women's basketball to drive away the signs of tension.
The two countries that are technically still fighting after the 1950/53 Korean War and ending in a cease-fire rather than a peace treaty, also march at the opening and closing ceremonies of the main event since 18 August at 2 September.
The two Koreas formed their first unified Olympic team – a common team of female ice hockey – for the Winter Games in the south of last February, with the participation of the north that triggered a thaw between the two neighbors.
The diplomatic recovery has also triggered a rapid improvement in relations between Pyongyang and Washington, culminating in the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump in Singapore.
The Asian Games, which will be held in Jakarta and Palembang on the island of Sumatra, will bring about 11,000 athletes in 40 sports, the second largest multi-sport event in the Olympics.