Korea-Indonesia Like a Sibling, Why?

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Salah satu landmark Kota Seoul Korea Selatan (Foto: visitkorea)
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NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – South Korea’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Park Tae-sung, called Indonesia a valuable friend and like a sibling to his country. That was a welcome delivered online in celebration of the National Day of South Korea.

“The close inner bond between South Korea and Indonesia has been established for 100 years, namely since the Korean diaspora first migrated to Indonesia. President Moon Jae-in and President Joko Widodo also have a close relationship, ”said Ambassador Park in his remarks broadcast on the official Instagram account of the Korean Embassy in Jakarta on Saturday.

He also underlined the relations between the two countries that have been established at a higher level, namely to become a Special Strategic Partnership, since President Moon Jae-in’s state visit to Indonesia in 2017.

“In Southeast Asia, this partnership is only owned by Indonesia and Korea. The scope of strategic cooperation between the two countries has also been expanded to defense, economic and cultural diplomacy, “he said.

Ambassador Park hopes that in the future, investment and industrial cooperation between the two countries can continue to be accelerated in order to immediately restore the economic conditions of the two countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, he also stated South Korea’s commitment to continue to cooperate and fight with Indonesia in facing difficult times amid the corona virus outbreak.

Korea Continues to Share Experience

“Until now, South Korea continues to share experiences with Indonesia in overcoming COVID-19, which is related to the 3T strategy (Test, Trace, Treat). So that the COVID-19 pandemic can be resolved immediately, “he added.

In addition to cooperation in recovery and handling of COVID-19 as well as inter-governmental diplomacy, Ambassador Park also mentioned the diaspora of each country as an important part of close relations between Indonesia and South Korea.

“There are 30,000 Koreans living in Indonesia and 40,000 Indonesians living in Korea. They have an important role in bridging and forging friendship between the two countries, “he explained.

Meanwhile, in his remarks and congratulations on the celebration of South Korea’s National Day, the Indonesian Minister of Manpower, Ida Fauziyah, expressed his appreciation to the South Korean government in facilitating Indonesian Migrant Workers to obtain an adequate work environment and equal treatment.

“One of them is through the plan to form an agreement for PMI or Indonesian crew (ABK).

Those not included in the Employment Permit System category, “said the Minister of Manpower.

The Indonesian Ambassador to South Korea Umar Hadi emphasized that the special relationship between the two countries is based on shared principles. Namely related to democracy, human rights and world peace. (Aka)