Indonesian Embassy in Ankara celebrates Independence Day

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(MENAFN) The Indonesian Embassy in Turkey’s capital Ankara celebrated the 77th anniversary of his release on Wednesday with a Turkish National Police marching band.

“We have been fighting for three and a half centuries to gain our independence, so we know exactly what independence means (and) that is why the expression of independence is so intense because we have lived through colonization and a long struggle,” Ambassador Lalu Muhamad Iqbal said. declared at the end of the ceremony at the residence of the diplomat.

Indonesia declared independence from the Dutch Empire on this day in 1945, and August 17 was declared a public holiday in 1946.

The Turkish band performed the Indonesian national anthem and national songs during the flag hoisting ceremony and festivities, which was joined by members of the Indonesian community in addition to Turkish guests who joined in the celebrations.

“It is an expression of friendship from the Turkish people to the Indonesian people on the occasion of their anniversary. A very touching way and which makes the ceremony special”, in the words of the diplomat.

“It’s a different but enriching experience for us since Indonesia is so close to the Turkish people. We have (an) emotional relationship with Indonesia,” said band leader Ihsan Birinci.

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