President of Mother Syria Assembly (MSA) Dr Mahmoud al-Irk and Indonesian Ambassador in Damascus Djoko Harjanto stressed the importance of boosting cooperation and mutual understanding relations between the two countries and that Syria will recover very soon and emerge from its crisis stronger than before .
This came during a meeting between a delegation representing MSA and the Indonesian ambassador on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the premises of the Indonesian embassy in Damascus
After giving a detailed explanation on MSA aims and principles to serve Syria’s future, Dr. al-Irk stressed MSA hope to benefit from the Indonesian experience, the country with an unrivaled slogan in the world entitled “Unity of Difference” as a country of leading experience in economy, trade and in fighting terrorism, and about Indonesia’s contribution to the reconstruction of Syria.
Dr. al-Irk pointed to the need to expand scientific and cultural cooperation between the two countries, especially in terms of the allocation of Syrian students with scholarships in Indonesia in various disciplines, thus contributing to the exchange of knowledge and develop the capabilities of Syrian graduates.
On his vision of the future of Syria, the Indonesian ambassador affirmed that the future of Syria is in the hands of its people only, appreciating the steadfastness of the Syrian people for more than six years in the face of terrorism and foreign forces fighting in Syria from around the world.
As for the bilateral relations under the crisis, Ambassador Harjanto said that the presence of the Indonesian diplomatic mission in Damascus, headed by an ambassador under the Syrian crisis, is a clear indication of continued close cooperation between Syria and Indonesia, noting that history has shown the constructive cooperation between Syria and Indonesia on many occasions and in International forums, stressing that his country will continue to support Syria in international forums and in the coming reconstruction process .
He also stressed continued coordination with the concerned authorities in Syria, resulted in cultural activities in many Syrian cities, including Damascus, Homs and Lattakia.
Ambassador Djoko Harjanto expressed the strong desire of the Indonesian government to participate in the post-crisis reconstruction project in Syria, given that Indonesia has the necessary materials for reconstruction, pointing out that all this is due to the decision of the Syrian government, especially as Indonesia as a leading member of ASEAN will invite for the reconstruction of Syria, and that his country has provided humanitarian assistance to Syria and will continue to do so in cooperation with international organizations.
He added that according to the Indonesian constitution, one of the objectives of the establishment of the Indonesian state is to contribute to the security of the World order which is based on freedom, lasting peace and social justice, and that his country provides material and moral support in order to create effective participation in resolving conflicts and disputes in the world.
He said that the Syrian crisis has negatively affected many areas of bilateral; cooperation , especially commercial ones, where the level of trade between Indonesia and Syria has decreased significantly compared to previous years, but efforts are still ongoing to support these relations. He pointed out that Syrian trade delegations visited the spinning and weaving industry, Exhibition and Expo Indonesia in Jakarta.
At the end of the meeting, Dr. al-Irk presented the Ambassador with MSA as an expression of the deep relations between the two countries, and for his part, the ambassador presented Dr. al-Irk with a token award representing the emblem of Indonesia.