A reception was held, yesterday, Thursday, October, 11, 2018, at Algiers’ International Center for Conferences (CIC Alger), by the Indonesian Embassy in Algeria for the 73rd Anniversary of the Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia.
With strong patriotic fervour, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia celebrated its 73rd Independence Day with the presence of high-ranked officials, including the Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowment “Waqf”, Mphamad Aissa, diplomats and Ambassadors accredited to Algeria, as well as journalists and the Indonesian community established in Algeria.
Addressing the guests at the event, Indonesian Ambassador to Algeria, Safira Machrusah, delivered a speech, in which Her Excellency welcomed the attendees, expressing gratitude to Algeria’s leadership, government and people for all the sympathies and condolences addressed to the government and people of Indonesia on the untimely disaster of earthquake and tsunami that stuck part of the Island of Sulawesi , September, 28th , in particular, the city of Palu, Donggala and Sigi.
As long as economy is concerned, the Ambassador referred to Indonesia’s state-owned energy company, Pertamina and the construction company, PT WIKA, expressing the need to further enhance bilateral cooperation between both countries in all fields of life due to potentials endowed by both Algeria and Indonesia.
In this aspect, the official expressed Indonesian economic operators and businessmen from small, medium seize enterprises to state-owned companies’ willingness and readiness to work together with Algerian counterparts for mutual benefit co-operations.
Regarding security and peace in the world, Her Excellency pointed out that Indonesia has become a non-permanent member of the United State Security Council for the term 2019-2020, which may enable the country to collaborate with other countries across the world, in particular Algeria, to bridge up peace and security, notably and supposedly in the region of Africa, Sahel, and so forth.
Referring to tourism, the official highlighted the increase of visits of peoples from both countries, one to the other.
“I observe many Algerians have gone to Indonesia for tourism, in particular to Bali, aside of their other purposes, such as business or official visits,” said the official, adding” on the other hand, since my duty here in Algeria, I see the increment of the number of Indonesians, visiting Algeria.”
In the same context, Madam Safira said that many Algerians are interested in Indonesian art, culture and sport, namely; Pencak Silat.
Seizing the opportunity, the Ambassador shed light on the Algerian-Indonesian growing cooperation on Islamic cooperation.
“It was only about one month ago that Indonesian youngsters came to Algeria to study at a Zawiya or Islamic boarding school,” said the Indonesian Envoy, highlighting that “ such educational program is a direct intercultural reconnaissance that will certainly pay the way for a good or I should say congenial relations between the two countries.”
At the end of her speech, the diplomat addressed the attendees in the Arabic language, praising the warm welcome granted to her by the Algerian people during her stay in the country, calling upon the guests to extend love, thoughts and prayers for the prosperity of both countries.
Following the speech delivered by the Indonesian Ambassador, there were cultural performances which included traditional Indonesian songs.
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