Indonesia celebrates ‘strong relationship’ with UK in London
By Dyaning Pangestika The Jakarta Post Sat October 6, 2018
Minister of State for the Commonwealth and United Nations at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (third left), watches as a tumpeng (cone-shaped yellow rice) is cut while Indonesian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Ireland and International Maritime Organization, Rizal Sukma (second right) looks on at the Indonesian Embassy in London, on Oct. 4. (Courtesy of KBRI London)
JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia’s bond with the United Kingdom is growing stronger despite any rise or fall between the country’s relationship, Indonesian ambassador to the UK, Rizal Sukma, said during a diplomatic reception on Thursday (4 Oct) in London.
Rizal, the ambassador to the UK, Ireland and the International Maritime Organization, said both Indonesia and the UK share similar characteristics when it comes to upholding each respective nation’s values.
“Both countries see the importance in fostering and developing democratic values, as well as respecting human rights values,” Rizal said in a written statement received by The Jakarta Post on Friday.
As Indonesia will celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom in 2019, Rizal also thanked the UK government for its recent support for Indonesia’s candidacy as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in 2019-2020.
Minister of State for the Commonwealth and United Nations at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, who attended the reception as the guest of honor, expressed appreciation for the great bond between Indonesia and the UK.
Lord Ahmad added that Indonesia and the UK have the same vision of battling ocean plastic pollution as well as global warming. He also sent his condolences and prayers to the victims of Central Sulawesi’s earthquakes.
The diplomatic reception was held at the Indonesian Embassy in London to coincide with the Indonesian Military’s anniversary. The reception was attended by 300 guests, comprising ambassadors, diplomats, as well as representatives from the UK’s government and the embassy’s partners. (evi)