Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia's Social Affairs Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita welcomed Argentina's Vice President Gabriela Michetti at the former's office here, Wednesday, and deliberated on policies centering on social welfare improvement.

"We are optimistic that this meeting would deepen the relations between both nations to develop various social welfare policies, including fulfilling the rights of disabled individuals," Kartasasmita remarked.

Michetti, wearing long-sleeved white clothing and a long black skirt, made an entry into the minister's office at 3 p.m. local time and was given a warm welcome by Argentina's vice president along with 300 disabled people.

Kartasasmita noted that the Indonesian government harbored no inhibitions about establishing cooperation in various fields with other nations, particularly Argentina. Argentinean vice president's state visit to Indonesia can offer a platform for encouraging mutual input and sharing of best practices in their respective nations.

"It offers us a viable opportunity to be part of the agenda of the official visit of the Argentinean government's delegation to forge cooperation transcending different areas between both nations," he remarked.

Kartasasmita added that the arrival of the Argentinean vice president, who is wheelchair-bound, also inspires and motivates disabled people, in particular, and Indonesian society, in general, that persons with disabilities too are equally capable of occupying the seat of state leadership.

"His achievement undoubtedly inspires us all to understand that persons with disabilities basically need equal opportunity and treatment," he noted.

"We are also optimistic that his success would serve as a guiding beacon for disabled individuals across the globe and not solely Indonesia that the fine line between ability and disability has now vanished. Difference no longer exists when the boundless spirit surmounts all obstacles," he affirmed.

Translator: Bambang Purwanto
Editor: Sri Haryati
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