December 9, 2022, 1:01 pm

Diplomatic correspondent

2022-09-30 19:47:49 BdST

77th Independence DayIndonesia to enhance partnership with Bangladesh in next 50 years and beyond

Indonesia is committed to strengthen its friendly relation and comprehensive partnership with Bangladesh in the next 50 years and beyond.

Indonesian Ambassador to Bangladesh Heru Hartanto Subolo told this while addressing a reception hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Dhaka on the occasion of celebration of its 77th Independence Day on Thursday (Sept 29).

In his speech, Ambassador Heru highlighted that this year marks the 50-years diplomatic relation between Indonesia and Bangladesh. He said his that Indonesia is committed to strengthen the friendly relation between the two countries in many aspects, especially in bilateral trade and cooperation in more comprehensive sectors.

Furthermore, he also touched on Indonesian roles in ASEAN and Indonesia’s presidency at the G20.

The Indonesian envoy welcomed around 400 guests from Bangladesh Government, Diplomatic Corps, Political Figures, Military Officers, International Organizations, businessmen, and academicians as well as media and journalists that were present in Radisson Blue Dhaka.

Speaking as chief guest, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Dr. Hasan Mahmud applaud the strong bonding and partnership that goes beyond its current relations ranging from partners in the United Nations and various multilateral organisations, particularly in  the Developing 8 Countries, the Non-Aligned Movement, the World Trade Organization and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and other international fora.

He also hoped Indonesia’s role in supporting efforts in solving Rohingnya repatriation back to their country. Minister Hasan Mahmud also wished that the current relation will serve as an avenue to elevate the bilateral relations including people to people contacts.

During the reception, a number of export-oriented products entitled “Indonesian Products Showcase” were promoted to attract the interests of invited guests at the sidelines of the event.

There were number of foods samples and consumable products, miniatures of transport vehicles, such as car train from PT Kereta Api Indonesia and busses from CV Laksana.

The Embassy also displayed miniatures of military vehicles and equipments, such as miniatures of CN235-220 Aircraft from PT.

Dirgantara Indonesia and military parachute from PT. Langit Biru. It is expected that Indonesian counterparts and other guests could explore products available from different producers in Indonesia.

Indonesia Cultural Center in Dhaka also presented traditional dance and music ensemble. A group of 8 people harmoniously played the Angklung, a set of traditional bamboo instrument originated from West Java, Indonesia.

It then followed by a group of 4 people who presented a wonderful Indonesia dance, a mix of Indonesian traditional with modern music as a background. Besides, a group of 7 people also performed Indonesian traditional martial arts, Pencak Silat.

Guests and other dignitaries also invited to join poco-poco dance as a gesture of friendship at the final program of the reception.

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