ISLAMABAD (DNA) -To celebrate the the 69th anniversary of the Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia Burhan Muhammad and Mrs. Hery Listyawati hosted a reception at the Embassy.
The reception was very well attended as the government dignitaries, diplomats, Pakistani military officers, businesspersons and representatives from the civil society were present to congratulate the hosts on the auspicious occasion.
Federal Minister for Commerce Engineer Khurram Dastagir Khan was the chief guest on the occasion however he could not make it as he had to attend an urgent cabinet meeting.
The official program started with the singing of the national anthems of both the countries in chorus by the Indonesian Ambassador, Embassy’s officials and their families before the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia joined by the ASEAN Heads of Missions performed the rice cone cutting to mark the day.
Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia in his speech on the occasion said that the 69th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Indonesia is being celebrated with great spirit and joy as the Indonesian nation has recently elected a new and the 7th President of the Republic of Indonesia for a next five-year term after peaceful democratic presidential elections that held on July 9, 2014.
The envoy said that the today Indonesians renew their commitment to the spirit of pluralism with their shining slogan of ‘unity in diversity’ and to work hard for development and international peace under the guidance of the new leadership.
Ambassador Burhan expressed his pleasure that the bilateral fraternal ties between Indonesia and Pakistan were growing strong and moving in the right direction with the consistent efforts from the both sides.
He said that Indonesia deeply value its relations with Pakistan as a trusted friend and partner and sincerely desire to excel in a wide range of fields such as education and culture, agricultural, anti-terrorism, energy and mineral and security cooperation.
Happily, the democracy is flourishing steadily and the democratic roots and culture are becoming stronger in our two countries with the support and trust of our people, he remarked.
He expressed hope that Indonesia and Pakistan remain united by the shared democratic values, strong will to move forward and the commitment to work together as partners to promote peace and prosperity in the region and beyond
Some fascinating performances of Indonesian traditional musical instruments of “Gambalan” and “Angklung” also featured the auspicious occasion, the ladies from the Embassy attired in the distinctive traditional costumes played some really harmonious instrumentals to mesmerize the audience.
Ambassador Burhan pleasingly surprised the audience by leading the Indonesian band through performances of melodious songs. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the performances and gave him big rounds of applause. The venue was beautifully decorated with flowers arrangements depicting Indonesian and Pakistani flags.
The guests were feted with a wide range of delicious food and the culture of Indonesia. The people appreciated the taste of the delicious food and hailed the gifted nature and unique culture of Indonesia