Farewell Speech of The Ambassador of Indonesia, H.E. Mr. Dimas Samodra Rum At the Ambassador’s Farewell Night on 28 January 2015, Movenpick Hotel, Beirut

2/3/2015

 
?Excellences Ministers, Member of Parliaments

Excellences Ambassadors, Deputies, High Ranking Officials from Civil, Military and Security Authorities,  

Distinguished Guest, Colleagues, Dear Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is indeed a great pleasure and honor for me to welcome you all here in the reception this evening. I am very grateful and appreciate for your kind presence in my farewell night.

It has been four years and three months since I arrived in Beirut to take up my post in 13 November 2010. During that time, I have had the opportunity to travel to all corners of this beautiful country, from Tripoli and Akkar in the north to Tyre and Naqura in the south, and Bekaa Valley to Masna’a border in the east.

Everywhere I have visited, I have been greeted by warm and hospitable people. It has been my great privilege to experience the tremendous diversity and vitality that define this wonderful country.

Excellences, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Lebanon and Indonesia are two peace loving countries who share great interest in the promotion of peace and security in the international order, both are pose with similar challenges as well as enjoying particular leverages of having rich and diverse social dynamic society.

That’s why it has been my good fortune that my time here in Beirut has coincided with such an exciting period of development in Lebanon – Indonesia bilateral relations.

Lebanon is an important country for Indonesia and vice versa. Both countries are supporting each other’s national sovereignty and integrity. Indonesian active participation in the UNIFIL since 2006 is one that shows Indonesia’s strong support for the maintenance of Lebanon’s stability, peace and security.

Currently Lebanon is hosting 1.169 Indonesian peace keepers participating in the UNIFIL, and the presence of Indonesia’s naval ship KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda joining UNIFIL Maritime Task Force.

 

From the number of military personnel it highlights the Indonesia’s position as the biggest sending countries in the UNIFIL.

 

Our economy relations also grows higher year on year. When I arrived in 2010 the trade volume between both countries were around US$ 82 million, and in 2014 we managed to increase the trade volume to US$ 100 million.

 

In the future we still have more room left for boosting economy and trading cooperation.

In multilateral level Lebanon and Indonesia are also comfortable international partners. Both countries are constantly joining hands in addressing many issues, and supporting each other’s candidacies in certain positions in the international organizations.

 

We also shares the same commitment and values in implementing strong institution of democracy, rule of law, forward-looking and working together to make the world a better place.

 

Excellences, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Both countries also see parliamentarians from Lebanon and Indonesian legislative body conducting pro-active efforts to strengthen the friendship between our two countries, and also in people to people contact areas.

I am very pleased to see many Lebanese choose Indonesia as their holiday destination every year. Surely it will give them a moment of chance to know more about Indonesia, especially when we had Lebanese media coming to Indonesia to make special cover to be promoted in Lebanon and the Middle East, and also our media in Lebanon.

Lebanon and Indonesia relations have never been stronger and the future looks very bright indeed.

Excellences, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the end of my assignment I on behalf of the government and people of Indonesia wish to convey our highest appreciation and gratitude to the Lebanese government, the Security General authority, for their assistance in supporting Embassy’s efforts in the repatriation process of Indonesian nationals from Syria since the end of 2012 until now.

The assistance indeed very beneficial in helping the Embassy for returning our people from Syria to their home country via Lebanon. I believe this assistance demonstrates Lebanon’s sincerity to enshrine a true friendship between both countries.

 

Excellences, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

On the situation in the region, we have seen that conflict in neighboring country has delivered harsh implications to Lebanon. Lebanese people experiencing repercussions of the conflict ranging from the deterioration of security and domestic economy to refugees issue and terrorist threat in Lebanese border towns.

We are always in robust support for a stable and prosperous Lebanon and I am sure that Lebanon will finally succeed in showing to the international community that this country is standing strong despite of the difficulties.

Excellences, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

When I leave Beirut tomorrow on 31 January, I am more than certain that the Embassy will be left in very capable hands. I am sure that my successor, Ambassador Chozin Chumaidy, will continue and improving the relations between Lebanon and Indonesia more than before. 

In concluding, I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate my sincere gratitude to all of you for your support and friendship since my arrival here.

As well, I would like to thank my colleagues in Jakarta and at the Embassy here in Beirut for their ongoing efforts to build and support the strong partnership between Lebanon and Indonesia.

I thank you and have a pleasant evening. Aschat Loubnan, Aschat Indonesia, Syukron Jazilan, Terima kasih.