Presiden dan Wakil Presiden RI

JAKARTA (Indonesia), MHI – President Joko Widodo strongly criticized the violence that occurred in the City of Paris and Nice and resulted in casualties. In addition, the President also criticized the statement by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, which has hurt the feelings of Muslims around the world.

This statement was conveyed by President Joko Widodo after meeting with Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, representatives of inter-religious believers in Indonesia, as well as relevant ministers to discuss world developments related to inter-religious brotherhood.

“First, Indonesia strongly condemns the violence that occurred in Paris and Nice which has claimed lives. Second, Indonesia also strongly condemns the statement of the French President which insults Islam which has hurt the feelings of Muslims around the world which could break the unity between religious believers in world at a time when the world needs unity to face the Covid-19 pandemic, “said the President at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, on Saturday, October 31, 2020.

In his statement, the Head of State emphasized that freedom of expression which can injure the honor, sanctity and sacredness of religious values ​​and symbols cannot be justified at all and must be stopped immediately.                         

“Associating religion with acts of terrorism is a big mistake. Terrorism is terrorism, terrorists are terrorists. Terrorism has nothing to do with any religion,” stressed the Head of State.

President Jokowi also invited the international community to unite and promote tolerance among religious believers to build a better world. At present, world unity and a conducive atmosphere are needed to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Indonesia invites the world to prioritize religious unity and tolerance to build a better world,” he explained.

To note, the President together with Vice President Ma’ruf Amin previously held meetings and discussions with representatives of inter-religious believers, namely H. Helmy Faishal (Secretary General of PB Nahdlatul Ulama), K.H. Muhyiddin Junaidi (Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian Ulema Council), and H. Anwar Abbas (Chair of PP Muhammadiyah).

Also present were Pdt. Jacklevyn F. Manuputty (General Secretary of the Indonesian Church Fellowship), Ignatius Kardinal Suharyo (General Chair of the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference), Wisnu Bawa Tenaya (General Chair of Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia), Arief Harsono (General Chair of the Indonesian Buddhist Association), and Xs. Budi Santoso Tanuwibowo (Chairman of the Indonesian High Council for Confucian Religion).

In addition, accompanying the President and Vice President are Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud Md., Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, and Minister of Religion Fachrul Razi.

(Irwan) MHI
Source: Setkab

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