Remarks of Indonesian Ambassador HE Djafar Husein in Reception Evening on the Naval Ship Sultan Iskandar Muda 18 March 2011

3/18/2011

 

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My dear Colleague High Commissioners and Ambassadors, and also my friends from diplomatic communities; 

Commander of Sri Lankan Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya;

Commander of Sri Lankan Navy Vice Admiral Dissayanake;

Commander of Sri Lankan Air Force Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrama;

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

First of all, I would like to express my appreciation to you all for accepting my invitation to this wonderful reception to welcome the Indonesian Naval Ship “Sultan Iskandar Muda” in Colombo.

Allow me also to extend our appreciation to the Government of Sri Lanka for the warm hospitality extended to the Naval Ship “Sultan Iskandar Muda” and her Crews during its visit in Colombo.

 

Excellencies,

Honorables,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Within the last six months, there are two visits of the Indonesian naval ships to Colombo: the visit of the tall sail training ship “Dewa Ruci” in October 2010 and the visit of Corvette “Sultan Iskandar Muda” today. For your information, this Corvette has moored twice in Colombo, enroute its sail to Karachi, Pakistan to participate in the joint navy exercise “AMAN-11” and return to Indonesia.

 


 Both visits as well as exchange of official and work visits of Indonesian and Sri Lankan military officials during these couple of years illustrate the advance military relationship developed between the two countries.

 

Such advanced relationship has been achieved due to favorable security condition in Sri Lanka after the defeat of terrorism in 2009. It is our fervent hope to see this achievement maintained and even promoted in the future.

 

Excellencies,

Honorables,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

I am certain that such cordial relationship is a timely momentum towards a subsequent stage, by translating it into a mutually advantageous cooperation.

 

Indonesian military-related manufacturers have already been geared up for international market. They have exported high quality uniforms, shoes and other supplies for military personnel in 25 countries in Asia, Europe and America, including NATO personnel. I am confident that there is a huge opportunity to explore possible schemes of military-related cooperation between Indonesia and Sri Lanka in the near future.

 

Excellencies,

Honorables,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Allow me to conclude by wishing you all a wonderful evening onboard, and enjoy Indonesian food and cultural performance from the Embassy and the Corvette. Thank you.