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Jakarta Post

Brazil-Indonesia: 67 years of friendship

Historic visit: Indonesian President Sukarno and Brazilian President Juscelino Kubitschek pose in front of the plot no. 20, where the Indonesian embassy was later built, in Brasilia on May 18, 1959. (-/Courtesy of the National Archive of Brazil.)
José Amir da Costa Dornelles
Jakarta   ●   Mon, September 7 2020

On the 198th anniversary of the independence of Brazil, it seems pertinent to recall the words of Brazilian president Juscelino Kubitschek to president Sukarno in May 1959, during the latter’s historical visit to Brasilia, the soon-to-be inaugurated capital of Brazil:

“[…] You, Excellency, were and still are the builder of a new nationality. By force of your command and through your obstinate belief, ancient peoples have integrated themselves into a new and vigorous state, unified in its diversity, passionate about solving its internal problems and fully conscious of its future leadership role in international affairs. No other place in the world is more appropriate than here, Brasilia, President Sukarno, for me to congratulate you for your efforts toward national integration.”

More than six decades later, those words remain applicable, for...

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