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Jakarta Post

Indonesia invites Vatican to promote humanitarian values

  • Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 15, 2019   /  05:14 pm
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Holy diplomacy: Vatican ambassador to Indonesia archbishop Piero Pioppo (right) and Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif talk at the Vatican Embassy building after a celebration the 6th anniversary of the election of Pope Francis in Jakarta on Thursday evening.(JP/Dionnasius Aditya)

Indonesia is looking to expand its cooperation with Vatican City – particularly in promoting humanitarian values – as Indonesia reaffirms its longstanding diplomatic ties with the European city-state, a minister has said. Speaking on behalf of the Indonesian government, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif said Indonesia highly valued its bilateral relations with the Vatican, citing the two nations’ common values of peace, humanity, inclusiveness and freedom. Indonesia has recognized the support that the Vatican, home to more than eight million Catholics, has given to Indonesian churches, Arifin said, underlining its role as one of Indonesia’s closest partners in promoting interfaith dialogue and religious pluralism. Arifin was of the opinion that the future bilateral collaboration should address the rise of radicalism and hatred. &ldquo...