Indonesian Ambassador to Bangladesh Heru Hartanto Subolo has said Bangladesh and Indonesia have shown resilience and determination to progress and develop during the 51-years of diplomatic relations.

"In 2023, the two nations have attained a stronger partnership," he said as the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Dhaka celebrated its 78th Independence Day on Sunday evening.

During the bilateral meeting between President Joko Widodo and President Mohammed Shahabuddin in Jakarta last month, both leaders agreed to a concrete cooperation between the two countries.

To make a concrete cooperation, three MoUs have been signed, which are cooperation in the field of health, energy, and agriculture sector.

He wished that the partnership between Indonesia and Bangladesh would shine under the spirit of friendship, to embrace a stronger cooperation and collaboration for many years ahead and beyond.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque was present as the guest of honour of the event.

He also had the honor to open the reception by sounding the Gong, an Indonesian traditional instrument.

In his speech, he highlighted that Indonesia and Bangladesh have a bright scope of cooperation to explore in different health sectors, including setting up hospitals, vaccine manufacturing industries in Bangladesh, and communicable and non-communicable diseases.

He believed that the relationship between Bangladesh and Indonesia will reach new heights as both countries share similar cultural, social, and other common interests.

He also congratulated the Indonesian Embassy for arranging the most colorful diplomatic reception.

As a token of appreciation for the presence of Health and Family Welfare Minister, Ambassador Heru handed over an Indonesian traditional weapon "Keris", which was made from meteorite, iron, and steel and forged 1.024 layers to create a special and beautiful pattern.

It is a duplicate of the keris of King Pakubuwono the 10th who reigned in the end of nineteenth century which was made in 2022 by the collaboration between a keris lover, Doctor Kartariadi Gandadinata and Guru Arifin a maestro of metal art.

This Keris symbolizes the hope for prosperity and glory for the owner and his family.

Meanwhile, the guests were also indulged by the delicacy of Indonesian traditional foods that were served during the program, such as Rendang, Nasi Goreng, Chicken Satay, as well as Soto Daging Madura, said the Embassy.

The program was also enlivened by live singing performances and cultural shows of traditional Indonesian dances. Indonesian singer Ristri Putri and Bengali singer Shama Rahman presented a live singing performance for the national anthem from each country.

In addition, a number of Indonesian dance teams presented Balinese Puspwaresti and Kembang Girang dance, as well as Selayang Pandang dance. Guests and other dignitaries were also invited to join Gemufamire dance as at the final program of the reception.

As the sideline event, the Embassy also held "Indonesian Products Showcase" to promote Indonesian export-oriented products, including consumable products, miniatures of transport vehicles, such as car trains and busses, as well as miniatures of military vehicles and equipment.

Government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, military officers, members of international organizations, businessmen, academicians as well as journalists were present.

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