President's speech evokes spirit of non-aligned movement: DPR

President's speech evokes spirit of non-aligned movement: DPR

A screenshot of Deputy Speaker of the Indonesian Parliament, Azis Syamsuddin, chairing the 14th DPR RI plenary meeting for the 2019-2020 session at the DPR RI complex, Senayan, Jakarta, on May 5, 2020. (ANTARA / Abdu Faisal)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Azis Syamsuddin, praised President Joko Widodo's speech at the 75th UN General Assembly, saying it evoked the spirit of Asia-Africa cooperation and the Non-Aligned Movement.

Syamsuddin said the President, through his speech, highlighted the importance of equality in international relations.

"President Jokowi's speech has echoed the spirit of Asia-Africa (cooperation) and the Non-Aligned Movement in realizing the importance of equality in international relations without isolating any party," Azis said in a statement issued in Jakarta on Wednesday.

According to Azis, President Jokowi in his speech emphatically called for peace, which is a characteristic feature of Indonesian identity, and that is very relevant to remind the world community that global peace has not yet been realized. There are still conflicts occurring in various parts of the world, he noted.

Azis said he considers President Jokowi's message on the importance of peace very appropriate.

"This is a moral message that matches Indonesia's identity and interests. Conflicts in various parts of the world must be stopped, especially during the current pandemic," he elaborated.

According to Azis, President Jokowi's speech at the UN General Assembly covered all the issues the world needs to be reminded of amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.

He gave an example of how issues involving poverty, the principles of the UN Charter, international law, territorial integrity, and the importance of peace can be resolved.

"Of course, the message conveyed becomes a collective urgency and awareness so that nations can apply international ethics and norms properly and correctly in building an inclusive world order," he said.

He lauded President Jokowi's first speech at the UN General Assembly which emphasized Indonesia's commitment to world peace and its role as a bridge for peace.

According to him, the principle of freedom is clearly reflected in the fact that independence is the right of all nations. At present, this needs to be respected in accordance with applicable international laws and norms, he stressed. 

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