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Indonesia will emerge stronger from Covid-19 crisis: Envoy in UAE

Ashwani Kumar /Abu Dhabi
ashwani@khaleejtimes.com Filed on August 17, 2020
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The Indonesian community celebrated the country's 75th Independence Day with a flag-hoisting ceremony.

Indonesia, along with other nations hit by Covid-19, shall emerge "stronger and better" from the crisis, a top envoy of the country said during the 75th Indonesian Independence Day celebrations in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

The Indonesian Embassy in the Capital marked the occasion with a flag-hoisting ceremony, led by Ambassador to the UAE Husin Bagis. With precautionary measures in place, only the mission's officials and staff and a few members of the community were in attendance. 

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"The Covid-19 pandemic is a challenge, yet it does not halt us to remember and look back on our history through the flag-hoisting ceremony for Independence Day. Everyone involved in the ceremony has been obliged to pay attention to health protocol," Bagis said. After the ceremony, everyone shared Tumpeng, a special cone-shaped yellow rice. 

"We do believe that many countries have the same burden in facing Covid-19. We believe that Indonesia and all countries affected by the pandemic could pass through this challenging situation and become stronger and better in many aspects. This momentum changed the way people, as well as countries, act. However, we will do our best," the ambassador said.

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Later in the day, Indonesia's flag will be displayed on Dubai's Burj Khalifa at 8.45pm. Also, the Burj Al Arab, Adnoc HQ, Sheikh Zayed Bridge, and the Abu Dhabi Municipality building, among others, are set to light up in the country's colours. 

Celebrations shall continue on August 21, with the first Panggung Gembira Virtual. There will be Indonesian music, cultural performances, talk shows, and more, streamed live on the embassy's social media platforms.




Ashwani Kumar

I am a newspaperman from the emirate of Abu Dhabi. A journalist at heart. I get my stories from the streets. A south Indian born in the Hindi heartland, I easily connect with people from different nationalities and cultures. I am calm like a monk, sensitive and very patient reporter. On the ground, I cover a range of topics related to community, health, embassy, tourism, transport, business and sports. I will go out on a leg to do what’s right and stand by what I believe in.

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