12.11.2015

Serbia is deeply grateful to Indonesia for its conduct at the General Conference of UNESCO

Belgrade, 10 November 2015- President of the Republic of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic met today the delegation of Indonesia led by Indonesian Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdurrahman Fachir.

President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic voiced his pleasure at the fact that he had the opportunity to meet the representatives of a country that, like Serbia, was an example of equality and unity of citizens, regardless of ethnic origin or religion. “Serbia is deeply grateful to Indonesia for its yesterday’s conduct at the General Conference of UNESCO in Paris”, President Nikolic said, adding that it indicated that Indonesia respected the principles of international law, and that it appreciated traditional friendships. “Serbia has won another battle. Throughout its long history, Serbia has fought battles to defend itself, and not to appropriate what belongs to others”, the President underscored. “We take pride in the fact that UNESCO, as an organization whose goal is to contribute to peace and security by supporting cooperation among nations in areas of education, science and culture, has made another fair and proper decision”, the President stressed. President Nikolic highlighted in particular the importance of deepening the bilateral cooperation in the area of economy and the importance of forging ties between the young people of Serbia and Indonesia.

Indonesia’s Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdurrahman Fachir underlined that the two countries cherished traditionally good bilateral relations and expressed his expectation that the economic cooperation would be significantly enhanced. The Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia stressed that Indonesia adhered to the principles of international law, and welcomed the continuation of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. “Indonesia and Serbia share the same position when it comes to tolerance and dialogue, while interfaith dialogue presents a source of ideas to be implemented in our society”, Fachir maintained. The Vice-Minister agreed with President Nikolic that the role of the youth in society is invaluable, and that it deserved to be devoted particular attention.