The relations between Indonesia and Iran have existed for thousands of years, although the diplomatic relations between the two countries was only established in 1950.
Jakarta (Indonesia Window) – The relations between Indonesia and Iran have been getting closer in all fields of cooperation for 44 years since the formation of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Indonesia, Dr. Mohammad Azad, said at the 44th anniversary of the Victory of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, here on Friday evening (Feb. 10).
” In the global field, the two countries have supported each other in different international forums and in human rights issues, which have been used as a political tool, or in the issue of the JCPOA or nuclear deal and imposing the demands of some certain countries, these two countries have supported each other from the stand of non-alignment commitment,” Ambassador Azad said.
At the level of the heads of the two countries, he continued, the visit of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 2015 was reciprocated by President Joko Widodo’s sojourn the following year. ” Now it is the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s turn to visit Indonesia in order to develop and deepen the relations between the two countries,” said the Iranian Ambassador.
During the outbreak of Covid-19, he continued, Indonesia and Iran exchanged political delegations at all levels in the form of online webinars on matters of cooperation, including political consultation committees, human rights cooperation, exchange of experiences and empowerment of women and youth, and meetings between intellectuals and the both governmental and private think tanks.
“In the economic field, intensive negotiations between the two countries and the exchange of views of relevant ministers have been followed up by holding the 13th meeting of the joint economic and trade commissions between the two countries.”
Meanwhile, in the cultural field, the cultural exchange program for the two countries for a period of four years has been discussed and studied by the parties and is ready to be signed by the relevant ministers.
The cultural cooperation between Indonesia and Iran also concerns the national libraries of both countries. Cooperation in this field is also strengthened by holding cultural festivals as well as online webinars on various topics such as the millennium of civilization and culture of Iran and Indonesia; holding public lectures in various Indonesian universities; food diplomacy and presenting it on the Indonesian TV; and the documentary film introducing Indonesia by Iranian youth to the relevant audience.
Reporting by Indonesia Window