Bandung should become place for cultivating tolerance: Foreign Minister

Bandung should become place for cultivating tolerance: Foreign Minister

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi. (ANTARA/Suwandy)

Bandung, W Java (ANTARA News) - Bandung should become a place for cultivating world tolerance and peace owing to its track record of uniting Asian and African countries through the Asia-Africa Conference in 1955, Foreign Minister Retno L. P. Marsudi stated.

"If Bandung is a place to create the spirit of independence and forge unity and cooperation among South-South countries through the Asia-Africa Conference, it should be able to become a place to grow and develop the values of tolerance and peace," she remarked while delivering her general lecture themed #Talkshow Foreign Minister Retno at the Padjadjaran University (Unpad) campus here on Wednesday.

Indonesia is a pluralistic state where differences of opinion are inevitable due to pluralism, she remarked.

"However, pluralism should serve as an asset for the Indonesian nation to step forward and do work. Pluralism must be preserved through tolerance and mutual respect among fellow citizens," she affirmed.

She further highlighted several track records in the country`s diplomacy, including being the initiator of peace or acting as a go-between for conflicting parties in Afghanistan.

Indonesia has also consistently struggled for Palestine`s independence, she said.

"Last October, I, along with the Unpad rector, Palestinian representative, and the Bandung mayor inaugurated the Palestinian Walk at the Bandung Square," she noted.

Marsudi recalled while she visited Afghanistan, she had thanked God that Indonesia could preserve its peace despite its pluralism.

Indonesia will continue to support Palestine`s struggle for independence as part of the mandate of the country`s Constitution, she added.

Reporting by Ajat Sudrajat
Editing by Suharto