?Completing his first two
months in Beirut, Indonesian Ambassador to Lebanon designate, His
Excellency Achmad Chozin Chumaidy once again pays a visit to one of Lebanese
national leaders. This time Ambassador Chozin gave a courtesy call to His Excellency
Nabih Berri, Speaker of the House/Head of the Lebanese National Assembly at his
office on Thursday (16/4).
Speaking to the Lebanese
Speaker, Ambassador Chozin formally introduced himself as the new Indonesian
Ambassador to Lebanon replacing Ambassador Dimas Samodra Rum, and also
conveying our best regards from the Indonesian Speaker, His Excellency Setya
Novanto and Indonesian Foreign Minister Her Excellency Retno Marsudi.
In the meeting, Ambassador
Chozin invited Excellency Berri to attend the 60th Commemoration of
Asia-Africa Summit to be held this month in Bandung which Lebanon is also a
member of the summit.
“Excellency Berri is a national
figure who are not only popular in the Indonesian politician, but also
well-known by the Indonesian people who witnessed his role in maintaining peace
and stability in Lebanon,” said Ambassador Chozin to Speaker Berri.
Chozin conveying his hope to Speaker Berri for more fruitful and dynamic
bilateral relations between Lebanon and Indonesia in future to comes. “Our
cooperation between both countries are in its best condition, either in the
government or parliament cooperation,” Ambassador Chozin said.
In this opportunity,
Ambassador Chozin also praised the essential role played by Speaker Berri in
easing the political tense between two national heavy weight party of Future
Movement and Hezbollah and resulting a more stable political and social
condition in the country. The efforts played by Speaker Berri will not only
defusing the high-tense condition in the grass-root level but also speed up the
process of the Lebanese president.
Ambassador Chozin also
reassert Indonesia’s support and commitment for the independence of Palestine
and the importance of comprehensive solution for all problems facing the Middle
Meanwhile regarding the issue
of religious tolerance, Ambassador Chozin reiterate that the Indonesian people
whose majority are Muslim always put the values of tolerance and upholds the
principle of moderation to other religious followers.
“We have similarity with
Lebanon in terms of religious diversity, that’s why our people, especially the
Muslim which form the biggest part of the society put forward the values of
tolerance and moderation to other followers,” said Ambassador Chozin
Responding to Ambassador
Chozin, Speaker Berri welcomed the presence of Ambassador Chozin as the new
envoy of Indonesia for Lebanon and praise his best wishes for the upcoming success
in assigning the duties
“I do hope and believe
that our relations will be more fruitful, particularly in the cooperation
between the countries parliament”, Speaker Berri said.
Speaker Berri shares the
same view that Indonesia is a country with the biggest Muslim population in the
world and already known for its identity as a moderate Muslim.
Berri said, “Islam’s teaching basically is about moderation and tolerance, but it’s
a shame that there are groups of people who deliberately abuse and
misappropriate the teaching of Islam in a ways which at the end being perceived
by others as a religion full of extremism and terror.”
As for the Indonesian
active participation in maintaining peace and security of Lebanon under the UNIFIL,
Speaker Berri told Ambassador Chozin that Lebanon is very much appreciate and
thankful for the Indonesian participation. The contributions given by the
Indonesian contingent are not only for Lebanon as a whole, but also enjoyed by
the host communities in the South.
“The people of Lebanon
will not forget the noble services from the Indonesian troops in UNIFIL,” said
Source: the Embassy’s media section