The third Indonesian Cultural Festival has kicked off in Baku on September 11. The festival, which is titled “To learn the richest culture of the archipelago”, will present the cultural performances, such as dances from several parts of Indonesia. These remarks were made at the reception dedicated to the 73rd anniversary of Indonesia’s independence.
Husnan Bey Fananie, the ambassador of Indonesia to Azerbaijan touched upon the bilateral ties between the two countries. He stated that Indonesia was ready to work on a wider platform of partnership and this platform would create a new momentum, that will open doors for further enhancing collaboration between Azerbaijan and Indonesia on bilateral, regional and global levels. “This year, we have seen more than 30 delegations from Indonesia. This includes visits of university students, academicians and a number of business delegations,” the diplomat added. Husnan Bey Fananie also reminded that Indonesia has unilaterally cancelled the visa requirement for Azerbaijani tourists.
“These all demonstrate friendly and brotherly relations existing between our two peoples. Indonesia supports Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Indonesia also encourages both conflicting parties to pursue peaceful measures in resolving the conflict,” Husnan Bey Fananie highlighted.
In his turn, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev said that the two countries have always cooperated closely within international organizations, including the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and ISESCO. According to him, Indonesian Education and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy is expected to attend the Indonesian Cultural Festival.
“The two countries have established close ties in economic, political, cultural and commercial spheres, and these relations are developing from year to year. Mutual visits, which have been implemented over the past few years, have made serious contributions to the development of our relations. The trade turnover between the two countries in 2017, amounted to half a billion dollars this is not the final figure. It is expected that this figure will increase further in the future,” Abulfas Garayev stressed.
Indonesia recognized Azerbaijan’s independence in December 1991. Bilateral relations between the two republics were established in September 1992. The embassy of Azerbaijan in Indonesia was established in 2006, while the embassy of Indonesia in Azerbaijan was opened in 2010.
Among the former Soviet republics, Azerbaijan is the second largest trading partner of Indonesia after Russia.
Notably, the third Indonesian Cultural Festival will last until September 16. The festival’s program includes art and cultural performances, such as music, dance and Indonesian martial art. This year, the festival will be held in two venues-Heydar Aliyev Palace and Fountain square.