A taste of Indonesia
Guests attending Indonesia’s 71st Independence Day were transported to an Indonesian street food market with stalls serving tasty satay, soto and sweets, accompanied by coffee brewed from beans from across the archipelago. There was also an exhibition of Indonesia arts and Kecapi Suling music from West Java.
In his address, Ambassador Rizal Sukma reflected on how far Indonesia had come and how it was carving a global role as an “anchor of stability” in the region, “a maritime fulcrum” and aspirant non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2018. As Britain entered a new era, the Ambassador said both nations were looking forward to exploring opportunities and a deepening friendship.
This was symbolised by the traditional cutting of the ‘Tumpeng’ by the Guest of Honour, the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Indonesia the Hon Richard Graham MP, who opened the festivities.
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