Ansar M Bhatti
ISLAMABAD (DNA): The outgoing Ambassador of Indonesia Iwan S Amri has said he wished he could stay more in Pakistan for Pakistan was indeed a great country to live and serve. He said during his four years and five months tenure he made all out efforts to contribute towards further promoting and strengthening of bilateral relations.
Ambassador Amri made these remarks during a farewell lunch he hosted for the media people. The lunch was hosted at the Indonesian embassy.
Ambassador Amri is leaving Pakistan next month. On Tuesday he paid a farewell call on the President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Ambassador Amri told media people that President Arif Alvi asked me about my impressions and he abruptly told the President that he wished to stayed here more.
“It was a complement for me when President Alvi told me that from now on you will be Pakistan’s ambassador to Indonesia”.
The outgoing ambassador further said during his tenure he tried to promote Indonesia in Pakistan and Pakistan in Indonesia. He noted with satisfaction that number of Indonesian students in Pakistan had increased while many Pakistani students went to Indonesia either on scholarships or thru other students’ programmes.
The ambassador also recognized role of media people adding whatever he achieved during his tenure with regard to promotion of bilateral relations, media had an important role to play.
He hoped media would continue to extend its generous cooperation to his successor also, who is coming from London and expected to be here somewhere in November this year. DNA
President Alvi lauds Ambassador Amri services
ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi has said that the isolation of Muslims by the Indian government is a matter of grave concern and it is the responsibility of the world to hold India accountable for the repressive actions against minority groups. The President stated this while talking to the outgoing Ambassador of Indonesia, Iwan Suyudhie Amri, who paid a farewell call on him, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, today.
The President said that Pakistan highly valued its ties with Indonesia, and wanted to further expand bilateral relations in areas of trade, economy and defence. He thanked the government of Indonesia for very ably steering the discussion in the UN Security Council on Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). The President also appreciated the contributions made by the outgoing Ambassador towards improving the bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries.