Sambutan Duta Besar RI pada Resepsi Makan Malam Dalam Rangka 50 tahun Pembukaan Hubungan Diplomatik RI - RDR Korea

5/5/2014

 

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REMARKS BY H.E. MR. NASRI GUSTAMAN

AT DINNER RECEPTION TO MARK THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DIPLOMATIC RELATION BETWEEN

THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA AND THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA

 

INDONESIA RESIDENCE, PYONGYANG, 5 MAY 2014

 

Excellency Mr. Ri Kit Song, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs;

Excellency Mr. So Ho Won, Vice Chairman of CCRFC/

Chairman of Korea-Indonesia Friendship Association;

 

Dear Guests and Friends;

Welcome to our residence.

 

Susi and I are very pleased to have the opportunity to host this dinner reception to mark the 50th Anniversary this year of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the Republic of Indonesia (RI) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

 

Susi and I felt particularly fortunate to the fact that the anniversary of the half-a-century of the diplomatic relations between our two countries falls during my Ambassadorship.

 

Excellencies, Guests and Friends,

 

The occasion provides an opportunity to capitalize once again the quality of the relations between RI and DPRK and to highlight different aspects in the relationship.

 

RI and DPRK have had a relationship starting before the two countries agreed on the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1964. The friendship that makes up the relations between RI and DPRK which has existed all along still stands up until today along side with the evolution of differences in histories and political systems that each of the two nations has over the last 50 years.

 

That being said, the world has changed since then. The international environment has become more complex and fast changing today. The international system is no longer rigidly structured the way it was 50 years ago. Still, it is my sincere wish that quality friendship can be continued and substance can be further enhanced in the bilateral relations of our two countries.

 

Despite the challenges up front, the much potentials in bilateral cooperation between RI and DPRK, especially in the economic field, education and sports are there to be addressed. In trade relations for example, albeit the two countries have gone through the 50-year diplomatic relations, the total volume of bilateral trade reached to only a modest value of about 16.5 millions US dollar in 2013. RI and DPRK should sit together and discuss on how to put practical efforts to explore ways and means which would lead to the further enhancement in bilateral relations in the way that would benefit the people of our two countries.

 

Excellencies, Guests and Friends,

 

In conclusion, let me say that 50 years of diplomatic ties is a mile stone in itself. For RI and DPRK, it does have a special significance. We - all of us who are present here this evening at this Indonesia residence - bear witness to it, the commemoration of the first half-a-century diplomatic relations. With that, we look forward to seeing a more diverse and dynamic relations between our two countries in the next second half to complete the whole-century relationship.

 

I would now invite you to raise your glass for a toast to mark the occasion, while saying HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.

 

I would also like to invite you to raise your glass again for a toast for the good health of Excellency Marsha' Kim Jong Un, for the good health of Excellency President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and for the long lasting friendship of our two countries.

 

Thank you.

 

Pyongyang, 5 May 2014