AT News Report
KABUL: Addressing a ceremony to commemorate 71st Independence Day of Indonesia here in Kabul, Indonesia ambassador Anshory Tadjudin on Wednesday assured his country’s support to play a significant role in advancing the Afghan-own and Afghan-lead peace and reconciliation process.
The Independence Day ceremony was attended by several governmental officials, members of parliament, central bank governor, political and religious figures.
“Kabul and Jakarta entered diplomatic relations in 1950 and Soekarno was Indonesia’s first president who visited Afghanistan in 1961,” he said.
He also expressed his country’s deepest concerned about the prevailing situation in Afghanistan. “My country would always remain besides Afghanistan to help the country with its reconciliation process.”
Since 2006 Indonesia had been involved in Afghanistan’s development, he said, adding that soon his country would build an Islamic center in the future.
He also informed regarding scholarships to Afghan students, saying: “We also provided professional and vocational training to Afghan craftsmen.”
Afghan Foreign Ministry official Adela Raz, termed Indonesia a time-tested friend of Afghanistan and said that it has been for six decades that both the countries are enjoying friendly relations.
She further went on say: Both the countries had the same religion, culture and faced the common threat of terrorism which needed a combined strategy to be eliminated.