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Jakarta Post

International leaders congratulate Indonesia on 75 years of independence

  • Rizki Fachriansyah
    Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 17, 2020   /   04:54 pm
International leaders congratulate Indonesia on 75 years of independence Three members of the national flag-hoisting team hoist up the Red-and-White flag during a ceremony to commemorate Indonesia's 75th anniversary at the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta on Monday. (Biro Setpres/Agus Suparto)

Several international leaders conveyed their well-wishes for Indonesia’s future on the country’s 75th Independence Day on Monday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un congratulated President Jokowi “Jokowi” Widodo and the Indonesian public at large on the independence anniversary, while also praising the country’s economic and cultural accomplishments.

“After the independence, your country has made great progress in developing national economy and culture and building a prosperous society under the uplifted banner of sovereignty, independence, and non-alignment,” Kim said in a written statement published on the North Korean Foreign Affairs Ministry’s official website. 

“I take this opportunity to express my conviction that the valuable tradition of excellent friendship and cooperation between our two countries would continue to consolidate and develop as required by the new era.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted a congratulatory message to Jokowi, expressing confidence that the two-nation could deepen their bilateral relationship.

“Warm congratulations to Jokowi and the Indonesian people on 75 years of Independence. As a close friend and neighbor, we're committed to deepening cooperation and advancing shared values in our region, in our 70th year of formal diplomatic ties,” Morrison wrote in the tweet.

Similarly, leaders of the Muslim world have also expressed their optimism for Indonesia – itself the largest Muslim majority country in the world – as the country celebrated its independence amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

As quoted in the Saudi Gazette on Sunday, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also wished Jokowi a happy and healthy life. 

The two leaders also expressed hope that Indonesia would achieve further economic advancement and prosperity.