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Popular culture the latest fashion to improve diplomatic relations

  • Cemara Dinda

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 28 2016   /  09:24 am

Playing his part: Robert O. Blake Jr. (second left) and Harris J. (left, blue shirt) appear in a scene from Salam, a soap opera that will be aired on RCTI to welcome the fasting month of Ramadhan.(Courtesy of Digitan Network Aestetik (DNA) Productions)From visiting mosques and cycling to performing in soap operas, a number of foreign ambassadors in Indonesia have developed their own diplomatic strategies to get closer to the local people.US Ambassador Robert O. Blake Jr. snatched the opportunity to interact with a greater number of Indonesians by appearing in Salam, a new religious soap opera series on the private TV station RCTI.

In Salam, slated to be aired on June 6 to welcome the holy month of Ramadhan, Blake acts beside Harris J. — a British Muslim singer from London. He will appear as a cameo in one of its 30 episodes.

“This year, I was fortunate to collaborate w...