Indonesians celebrate Independence Day

Indonesian ambassador Salman Al Farisi highlighted the patriotic deeds of Indonesia’s founding fathers Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta that led to freedom from colonialism, fear and lack of opportunity for advancement during Indonesia’s 67th Independence Day celebrations on Friday in Abu Dhabi.

By Lily B. Libo-on

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Published: Sun 19 Aug 2012, 8:45 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:26 AM

Speaking before more than 200 Indonesian expatriates, Al Farisi said that from the bilateral point of view, relations between Indonesia and the UAE have gone beyond expectation.

“Despite facing difficult times, total bilateral trade in 2011 increased significantly by 26.4 per cent. During the last three years, investment commitment from the UAE has multiplied to more than $11 billion.” The ambassador thanked the support and participation of the Indonesian community in the UAE and asked them to always engage with the people of the UAE to foster relations in the level of people to people contact.

A flag-hoisting ceremony was held on the premises of the embassy. Attendees read the declaration of proclamation and five principles of Indonesia (Panchasila) and a choral group presented patriotic songs.

Two days before the Independence Day, the ambassador, along with his wife and the embassy staff, visited Al Wathba and Al Ain prisons to greet Indonesian prisoners and uplift the spirits of the less fortunate. The embassy also organised a sports festival for Indonesian expatriates and fun games for children. It also held a competition for Indonesian migrant workers in Abu Dhabi. —

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