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Austria, RI celebrate 55 years of relations with cultural shows

  • Veeramalla Anjaiah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 26 2009   /  01:43 pm

Austria, which is celebrating its 54th anniversary on Monday, is a good friend of Indonesia. Its friendship with this archipelagic nation is already 55 years old. Surprisingly, Austria established diplomatic relations with Indonesia in 1954, one year before regaining her own complete sovereignty from the Allied Powers. After the World War II in 1945, Austria was under the direct control of Allied Powers, the US, France, the UK and the former Soviet Union - until 1955, when it regained its independence and sovereignty. This shows how the tiny but prosperous Central European country attaches importance to its ties with Southeast Asia's largest economy. "Indonesia has always been a stable and reliable partner for Austria. That's why we have excellent relations with Indonesia," Austrian Ambassador to Indonesia Klaus Wolfer told The Jakarta Post last week at his office in Jakar...