Governor Hurley made the statement during a private luncheon hosted by Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Sydney Heru Subolo, according to a statement from the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Sydney received by Antara here on Saturday.
"I see a stronger Indonesia-Australia relationship as being critical in the future for our two countries and deepening my Indonesian language is the commitment I can make on a personal level to start realizing that stronger relationship," Governor Hurley emphasized.
Consul General Subolo invited Governor Hurley for a private luncheon held at the Indonesian residence in Rose Bay, NSW, on Thursday (June 28).
During the friendly and informal meeting, the two sides highlighted the importance of stronger and closer ties between Indonesia and Australia and outlined their commitments to realize it.
"Learning a language is a window to enter into societies and cultures of other countries to raise awareness and understanding of the cultures," Consul General Subolo asserted at the private luncheon.
The consul general expressed gratitude to Governor Hurley for his concern and support for Indonesia, which is apparent from his efforts to continue learning Indonesian to understand the country`s cultures.
Governor Hurley has been studying Bahasa Indonesia for several years.
Hurley is the 38th NSW governor, who had served since 2014. Prior to his appointment as governor, Hurley served in the Australian Army for 42 years.