Indonesian Embassy commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Independence Day

On August 17, 2015 at the Ambassador’s Residence Indonesian Embassy in Tashkent has conducted a flag raising ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Independence Day.  The ceremony, which was led by the Ambassador, Alit Santhika, was attended by the entire staff of the Embassy, members of Dharma Wanita Persatuan, the Indonesian community residing in Uzbekistan as well as the invitees from local community who are friends of Indonesia.

In a message to the Indonesian community, Ambassador Alit Santhika invited the Indonesian citizens to work to contribute to the advancement of the nation.  Indonesia has entered the ranks of the G-20, Indonesia has proven that Islam and democracy can go hand in hand. However, there are also challenges facing the nation in the future. It is necessary for all citizens of Indonesia to contribute to the nation’s development to achieve the creation of prosperous and dignified nation.

Following the flag raising ceremony the celebration of the Independence Day was continued with cutting “Tumpeng” (rice cone) as an expression of gratitude.

Independence Day is a day for citizens of all ages, gender and religions to come together and make merry.  Fun sports events like sack races, racing with eggplant and balloons popping were played with great enthusiasm by all participants of the celebration, both young and old, parents-children.  Winners took away different prizes.

 In commemoration of Independence Day on August 19, 2015 Indonesian Embassy in Tashkent hosted a diplomatic reception.  It was attended by 250 invitees from diplomatic community, Uzbek government officials, academics, students, entrepreneurs, and media representatives.  The reception was also attended by the guest of honor Mrs. Galina Karimovna Saidova, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

All the guests of reception plunged into the atmosphere of the culture of the archipelago.  Reception room was decorated by white and red colors and Bali umbrellas.  Staff of the Embassy both the citizen and the local residents were dressed in national dresses of different Indonesian provinces.  The guests were greeted by the strains of the traditional music gamelan and traditional dance Saman performed by the Embassy staff and local students.  The reception was followed by the national anthems of Indonesia and Uzbekistan, followed by remarks the Ambassador as well as the cutting of the cake.

In his speech, Indonesian Ambassador underlined the main development priorities under President Joko Widodo in infrastructure and maritime issues which are expected to boost economic growth.  Furthermore, economic growth can be achieved if there is peace and security in the world and the region. Therefore, Indonesia will continue to play an active role in maintaining peace through diplomacy efforts. Ambassador also mentioned that, as one of the summit outcome document of the 60th Anniversary of the Asian-African Conference, Indonesia remains strongly in favor of Palestinian independence within the framework of a two-state solution.

Within the bilateral context, Ambassador said that relations between Indonesia – Uzbekistan are expanding, characterized by a frequent exchange of visits between officials of both countries in recent months.  However, such good relationship should be transformed into economic cooperation that bring benefits to the people of both countries. Therefore, the Ambassador reiterated the Embassy’s readiness to cooperate closely with the relevant parties in Uzbekistan in order to further enhance the cooperation between Indonesia and Uzbekistan.