Indonesia, Netherlands to Focus on Future-Oriented Programs
Date 10 Maret 2020
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands said he was looking forward to his Indonesian visit.
The Dutch King also said that during the visit to Indonesia, the Dutch Kingdom will offer an interesting and future-oriented program for both countries.
King Willem made the statement during a joint press statement between President of the Republic of Indonesia and the King of the Netherlands at Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java Province, Tuesday (10/3).
On that occasion, the Dutch King also offered his deep condolences over the tragic boat accident that happened yesterday on the Sebangau River, Monday (9/3) yesterday. “Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and with the injured,” he said.
Furthermore, King Willem said that on 17 August it will be 75 years since Indonesia declared its Proclamation, claiming its place among independent and free states.
“The Dutch government firmly acknowledged the fact, both politically and morally since 15 years ago. Today we warmly congratulate the people of Indonesia as you celebrate 75 years of independence,” King Willem said.
At the same time, King Willem said that it is good to face up to history since the past cannot be erased and will have to be acknowledged by each generation in turn.
“In the years after the Proclamation, a painful separation followed that cost many lives. In line with earlier statements by my government, I would like to express my regret and apologize for excessive violence on the part of the Dutch in those years,” the King said.
According to King Willem, he has also offered an apology in the full realization due to the pain and sorrow of the families affected continue to be felt today.
“It is an encouraging sign that two countries which were once on opposite sides have been able to grow closer and develop a new relation based on respect, trust, and friendship. The ties between us will be stronger and more diverse. This is really encouraging to me,” the King said, adding that many people in the Netherlands feel a deep connection with Indonesia.
King Willem also expressed his gratitude to young Indonesian generations that show interest in the Netherlands to study.
“We also see it all in the close bilateral cooperation between two countries in several fields, including fields of science, the economy, water management, as well as nature and climate protection. In the days ahead, my wife and I will be visiting various examples of cooperation in three islands of Indonesia. We greatly look forward to it.” King Willem added.
In the meantime, King Willem said that the Netherlands needs Indonesia since it is a member of the G20 and a leading member of ASEAN.
“Indonesia is a force for security and stability in Southeast Asia. It is also currently a member of the UN Security Council and the Human Rights Council,” the King said.
The Dutch King went on to say that as the third-biggest democracy in the world and one of Asia’s largest economies, Indonesia will play a leading role. For instance, in joint efforts to protect and promote the rules-based international order.
“Indonesia has a long tradition of religious tolerance and can play a constructive part in this respect. It is important to continue bilateral cooperation to foster peace, justice, and the protection of minorities, which based on respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity,” King Willem added.
Indonesia, King Willem continued, is a country with an old soul and a young heart, which has rich cultural heritage, and at the same time still could conquer the future.
“That combination of ancient and new is what makes your country so endlessly fascinating. My wife and I look forward to getting to know Indonesia even better. Four days are far too short, but we will do our best to see and speak to as many people as possible,” King Willem said, while expressing his gratitude to all Indonesian people who are contributing to the state visit. (FID / EN)
Translated by: Syarifah Aisyah
Reviewed by: M. Ersan Pamungkas