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Syria seeks stronger ties with Indonesia: Envoy

  • Veeramalla Anjaiah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 3 2009   /  11:55 am

In the 60-year history of the good relations between Syria and Indonesia, there has only recently been an effort by both countries to build a strong bilateral partnership. Mohamad Darwish Baladi (JP/Mariani Dewi) Several high-level visits, including by Syrian Prime Minister Mohammad Naji Ottri to Indonesia this year and by Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda to Damascus in 2007, from both sides have taken place. During these visits, a number of important agreements were signed. Bilateral trade has grown in double digits, although the value is still low.
There is at least one man, to a certain extent, who is responsible for this sudden flurry of activity. He is none other than the outgoing Syrian Ambassador to Indonesia Mohamad Darwish Baladi, an old friend and great fan of Indonesia.
“Both countries, which have excellent relations at the...