Indonesia’s new home
Since Indonesia’s opening of its impressive new embassy in Great Peter Street it has been a hive of activity. The Ambassador has hosted a house warming party, National Day and several cultural events and seminars.
The opening set the tone for things to come, where guests were treated to local cuisine, Bambangan Cakil dancing and an angklung ensemble (including the Ambassador’s wife), who made British guests feel right at home with a rendition of the Beatle’s Obla di, olbla da.
Guest of honour, Indonesia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno LP Marsudi, said the new embassy symbolised Indonesia’s deepening relationship with the UK. “This building is at the heart of British politics,” she pointed out. “I hope it will be a home away from home for Indonesians and a bridge that connects our two countries.”
Foreign Office Minister Alastair Burt added: “There is no bigger sign of increasing cooperation between Indonesia and the UK than this larger Embassy building and our own new embassy in Jakarta.”
PHOTOS: PIERRE DE VILLIERS/INDONESIAN EMBASSY