Commemorating the 69th Anniversary of the Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Ottawa held a Diplomatic Reception at the Residence of Indonesia on 19 August 2014. The Diplomatic Reception, with John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada as the Guest of Honour, was attended by 250 guests from the Diplomatic Corps, Government Officials, business community, think tank institutions and Friends of Indonesia.
In her remarks, Ambassador Moehario pointed out the deepening cooperation between Indonesia and Canada, putting forward the success of the 4th Bilateral Consultative Forum lead by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, John Baird. She emphasized that Indonesia and Canada were a breathtaking tapestry of multicultural and geographic diversity and under the spirit of democracy both countries would continue developing their cooperation in many layers, including the governmental, parliament and people to people cooperation.
Minister John Baird conveyed that he was tremendously honoured to be the first foreign visitor to meet the new President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo. With a 70 (seventy) percent voters turn out, Indonesia set a good example of democracy and peaceful transfer of power. Indonesia and Canada were excited about the robust growth of their cooperation and he appreciated Indonesia’s support to Canada in strengthening the partnership between ASEAN and Canada. He was also very impressed with how people with different religions in Indonesia lived in peace and harmony. Canada valued the example that Indonesia had set.
Indonesian children sang wholeheartedly the National Anthem of Indonesia, “Indonesia Raya” and Canada’s National Anthem, “Oh Canada”. They were greeted by cheers and applause from the guests. Indonesia also presented the Pendet Dance from Bali and the Gatot Kaca Dance from Central Java. Delicious Indonesian food such as sate ayam (chicken satay), nasi goreng (fried rice), gado-gado (Indonesian salad with peanut sauce), otak-otak (grilled fish cake), kue lapis (layered cake) and many others complemented the celebration. (SM/Indonesian Embassy in Ottawa)