The embassy of Indonesia in Cairo celebrated on Wednesday the 77th anniversary of the country’s independence and the 75th anniversary of Egyptian-Indonesian bilateral relations with religious chants by Indonesian students in Al-Azhar University, and by Egyptian students at the Indonesian Cultural Centre, as well as with fashion and food shows.
The celebration was attended by Ambassador Ayman Kamel, assistant foreign minister for Asia and the Pacific Islands, and members of the diplomatic and consular corps.
In his inaugural speech, Ambassador of Indonesia to Egypt Lutfi Rauf remarked that “Egypt was the first Arab country, that recognised Indonesia’s independence in 1945. Both countries established their diplomatic relations through the signing of the Treaty of Friendship and Cordiality in 1947.”
“On behalf of the government and the people of Indonesia, I would like to express our sincere appreciation, to the Egyptian government, media, businessmen, academics, members of parliament, as well as diplomatic corps for their support and contribution on our common endeavor,” Ambassador Rauf said.
He added “throughout 75 years, bilateral relations between Indonesia and Egypt have been developed in many areas of cooperation such as political, economic and socio-cultural.”
“Egypt and Indonesia are blessed with strong cordial relations, historically and culturally, which we also celebrate tonight. Let us continue to work together to further deepen, strengthen and expand our friendship and cooperation in the next 75 years and beyond,” he said.
“The year 2022 is more special to Egypt and Indonesia, not only from a bilateral standpoint, but also within a multilateral context. Amid the unprecedented global uncertainty due to the lingering effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and the food, energy and financial crisis, Egypt, as president of COP27, is hosting world leaders' meeting on climate change in Sharm El-Sheikh. Meanwhile, Indonesia is hosting G20 leaders meeting in Bali in which the issue of climate change also become one of the important agenda,” Rauf affirmed.
“Our firm believes that these two events will address the challenges that our world is currently confronting... Let us hope that through these two important summits, all the commitments of the parties concerned on climate changes will contribute to our common endeavours in keeping our world a better place to live, especially for our future generations,” he concluded.