The Cooperative Republic of Guyana congratulates the Republic of Indonesia on the celebration of the 72nd anniversary of its Proclamation of Independence.

The world recalls, and history records, the transformational Proclamation of 14th August 1945. This historic act led, after a four-year National Revolution, to the termination of foreign domination and occupation, the liberation of the Indonesian people and the creation of a sovereign democratic Republic in the world’s largest archipelago.

Indonesia, since its peoples’ victory in its War of Independence, has become not only a populous and prosperous country but a reliable international partner for progress in developing states.

The world recalls, also, Indonesia’s pioneering hosting of the historic Asian-African Conference in the Javanese City of Bandung in April 1955 and its foundational role in the establishment of the Conference of Heads of State or Government of the Non- Aligned Movement in Belgrade in 1961.

Our two Republics, today, though separated by a distance of 19,000 km, are bound together, through friendship and cooperation, in the Non-Aligned Movement, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the United Nations and the G-77 and China.

Guyana and Indonesia have enjoyed cordial relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations on the 27th August, 1999. These relations are founded on mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for international law and treaties and the maintenance of international peace and security.

Guyana and Indonesia are both vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. Guyana is in transition to becoming a ‘green’ state, which will see increased emphasis on the protection of our environment, the preservation of our biodiversity, the provision of eco-tourism and eco-educational services, the promotion of renewable energy generation and the adoption of practical measures to ensure climate adaptation.

Guyana looks forward to learning from Indonesia’s experience and expertise in the fields of carbon accounting, coastal zone management and forestry management. We anticipate enhanced cooperation in international climate change negotiations. We welcome the offers for training in education under the Indonesia Scholarships Programme.

I ask that you all join me in proposing a toast to the health and personal wellbeing of your esteemed President Joko Widodo; to the prosperity of the People of the Republic of Indonesia and to the continued peaceful and friendly relations between our two Republics.

I thank you!

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