Jakarta (ANTARA) - The United States (US) Ambassador to Indonesia, Sung Yong Kim, has said that he is ready to expand cultural cooperation with Indonesia through a number of programs that will be launched next year.

"I hope our cultural ties continue to flourish. This facility allows us to demonstrate all that's great about the relationship and everything we can do to further strengthen the relationship," said Kim at the 12th anniversary of the US Embassy Cultural Center in Jakarta, @america, here on Thursday.

The ambassador informed that a number of cultural programs will be launched on January 23, 2023, that will focus on topics pertaining to US-Indonesia cultural relations.

The "Meet the US Embassy" cultural program will allow Indonesians and US citizens in Indonesia to share their time and experiences, especially those related to inclusivity in the lives of people in both countries

"We will continue to work hard to promote the inclusion of people from various backgrounds, races, ethnic, and religious," he said.

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Indonesia and the US, he noted, have a lot in common, especially as two large democratic countries founded on the principles of unity and diversity.

"Our countries both have amazing cultures, arts, and histories. Tonight is a celebration of both our uniqueness and our shared values," Kim added.

He said that the strategic partnership between Indonesia and the US has continued to grow from year to year.

Therefore, he said he is optimistic that the two countries will continue to increase cultural cooperation, development and trade, security, and cooperation in efforts to overcome climate change, pandemics, and other global issues.

"Together we are increasing development and trade, strengthening our security partnership, and collaborating to fight emerging floods, climate change, the pandemic, and the others," the ambassador added.

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