Indonesian Ambassador to the Portuguese Republic, Mulya Wirana, officially presented his credentials to the President of the Portuguese Republic, Anibal Cavaco Silva, on Friday, March 21, 2014, during a brief ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Lisbon, Portugal.
Starting at approximately 09.30 a.m. Lisbon time, Ambassador Mulya Wirana, accompanied by Second Secretaries of Economy, AR Aji Nasution and Social and Cultural Tri Wahyuni, began the ceremony by inspecting the Republic Guards of Honor at the Imperio Square in front of the famous Jerominos Monastery in Belém.
After both national anthems of Indonesia Raya and A Portuguesa were played, the ceremony proceeded to the Presidential Palace of Belém, where Ambassador Mulya Wirana presented his Letter of Credentials to President Anibal Cavaco Silva.
Ambassador Mulya Wirana was then invited to a private audience with President Cavaco Silva, which was accompanied by, H.E. Rui Machete, Minister for Foreign Affars of Portugal, Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Ana Martinho, Diplomatic Adviser to the President, Ambassador Luisa Bastos de Almeida, and the Chief of Protocol, Ambassador António Almeida Lima.
In this meeting, Ambassador Mulya Wirana conveyed President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s warm greetings and hope that the bilateral cooperation between Portugal and Indonesia remained closed and strong in the future. Ambassador Mulya Wirana stated that the historical visit of Presiden Cavaco Silva to Indonesia on May 2012 has brought a new impetus and momentum to the relationship, and was further strengthened by the visit of Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa to Lisbon last January.
President Cavaco Silva also conveyed his best wishes to President Yudhoyono and the people of Indonesia and acknowledged the improvements of the bilateral cooperation between two countries, and the follow-ups of his visit to Indonesia two years ago, in which both governments officials took some concrete steps to enhance economic cooperation and investment by sending business missions and exchange visits. President Cavaco Silva also hoped that President Yudhoyono could visit Portugal some time this year.
Beside Indonesia, Ambassadors of Mozambique and Croatia also presented their credentials at the same day.
Wirana Mulya, who was born in New York in 1958, arrived in Lisbon on 23 January 2014. He is the fifth Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Portugal appointed by the Indonesian Government or the fourth ambassador after the normalization of relations with Portugal since 1999. Previously the position was held by Ambassador Benedictus Mang Reng Say (1975-1976), Harry Pryohoetomo Haryono (2001-2004), FX. Lopes da Cruz (2005-2008) and Albert Matondang (2010-2014 ). Indonesian Embassy Lisbon.