Australian PM Praises President Jokowi’s Leadership

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 17 Maret 2018
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President Jokowi and PM Turnbull on Outstanding Youth for The World (OYTW) event at Exhibition Hall, International Convention Centre, Sydney, Saturday (17/3.) (Photo by: BPMI)

President Jokowi and PM Turnbull on Outstanding Youth for The World (OYTW) event at Exhibition Hall, International Convention Centre, Sydney, Saturday (17/3.) (Photo by: BPMI)

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull praised the success of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in leading a multicultural country like Indonesia.

The Prime Minister made the statement his remarks before students who joined the Outstanding Youth for the World (OYTW) at the Exhibition Hall, International Convention Center, Sydney, Saturday (17/3).

“Standing next to me is a President who successfully cares for diversity in his country and demonstrates leadership in Indonesia, I can say, a mix of democracy, Islam and moderation. He is one of the world’s leading role models today,” Turnbull said.

President Jokowi and Prime Miniser Turnbull took the opportunity to meet the students on the sidelines of their schedule to attend the 2018 ASEAN-Australia Special Summit.

“So why do Prime Minister of Australia and me President of Indonesia meet you today on the sidelines of busy schedule at the ASEAN-Australia Summit? Because you are the future and one day you will lead the world,” President Jokowi said.

President Jokowi added that Indonesia and Australia are both multicultural countries; thus, he hopes the younger generation from the two countries can adopt the values of tolerance and peace.

“Being a diverse society is wonderful. It would be wonderful if we all respect each other. I hope you adopt a value of tolerance and peace from a young age,” the President added.

In the meantime, Prime Minister Turnbull added that Indonesia and Australia are two countries that both united by the values of the political, democratic freedom, and mutual respect.

After both leaders gave their speech, the students shook hands with the two leaders, introducing themselves and tooking pictures with President Jokowi and Prime Minister Turnbull.

For the record, Outstanding Youth for the World is a program dedicated to achievers of Indonesian youths to have the opportunity to play a role in supporting promotion and enhancement of Indonesia’s image abroad.

In the program, Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs tries to engage Indonesian youths with religious achievements to participate in interfaith dialog.

The involvement of youth in interfaith dialog is a commitment from the Indonesian government to continuously develop prospective leaders to be involved in maintaining world peace and unity.

The OYTW program also covers curriculum on Indonesian foreign policy and politics, Indonesia-Australia cooperation, and public speaking. On a series of activities in Australia, the participants will have an interactive dialog with the Consulate General of Indonesia in Sydney, a visit to the Muslim community in Sydney and visits to schools in Sydney.

The program is expected to enrich insight and the wealth of knowledge the students regarding diversity and cooperation among nations.

This program is also expected to help strengthen moderate values among the students, which will eventually shape them into bridge builders between civilizations, beliefs and ethnic groups. (BPMI/EN) (GWH/EP/Naster)

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