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Jakarta Post

The ‘monumental’ friendship of Sukarno and Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh

  • Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, November 10, 2019   /  04:42 pm
The ‘monumental’ friendship of Sukarno and Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Visit from the past: A crowd packs the hall of the National Archives building in Jakarta on Friday, Nov. 10, 2019, for the opening of a photo exhibition commemorating the 60th anniversary of the exchange of visits between president Sukarno and his Vietnamese contemporary, Ho Chi Minh. (JP/Apriza Pinandita)

This charming man with sunglasses and a black peci cap was smiling as he waved to the crowd, while a slightly older man sporting a safari suit and an iconic beard looked on joyfully, standing next to him. It was a moment to behold – and one that was fortunately captured – as Sukarno, the first president of Indonesia, was greeted by a 20,000-strong crowd at Hanoi’s Ba Dinh Square, as part of a visit to his dear friend Ho Chi Minh, then president of what was the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Taken on June 24, 1959, the photograph was one of many historical artifacts put on display at the 60th anniversary commemoration of the exchange of visits between the two revolutionary leaders, held at the National Archives Building in Jakarta over the weekend. At the time, Sukarno had traveled to Vietnam as a reciprocal gesture to Bak (Uncle) Ho’s prior state visit t...