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Indonesia Independence Day Celebration Strengthens Relationship

Indonesia Independence Day Celebration Strengthens Relationship
Salute to the flag ceremony during the Indonesian Independence Day celebration on August 17, 2017. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau
August 18
11:00 2017

Indonesians residing in Fiji yesterday gathered at the Indonesian Embassy in Suva to celebrate their country’s 72nd Independence Day.

The celebration was hosted by the Indonesian Ambassador to Fiji, Gary Jusuf, leading with the salute to the flag followed by the singing of the national anthem.

Traditionally, the celebration continues with the serving of the (taumpeng) cone-shaped rice dish like mountain with its side dishes (vegetable and meat) by the ambassador to the embassy staff to show loyalty and togetherness.

“I want to wish Indonesians living in Fiji who are not able to attend the celebration a happy independence day and always abide by the law in everything you do,” said Mr Jusuf.

In addition he said that Indonesia and Fiji’s relationship was very strong and Indonesia was here to support the Fijian people in capacity building, development and trade.

“Now that Fiji is in the forefront of leading the COP23 climate change conference we the Government of Indonesia directly and indirectly support Fiji,” Mr Jusuf said.

He said that “currently there were about 200 Indonesians residing and working in different sectors in Fiji.”

Indonesian 72nd Independence Day celebration on August 17, 2017. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

Indonesian 72nd Independence Day celebration on August 17, 2017. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

Mr Yusuf’s message to the Indonesians was to live respectfully and be obedient residents of the country. The celebration ended with a closing prayer.

Edited by Mohammed Ali

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