Jakarta (ANTARA) - Zayed Award for Human Fraternity given to Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah was a matter of pride not only for the two largest Islamic organizations but also for Indonesians, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated.

"The awarding of Zayed Award for Human Fraternity brings extraordinary pride not only to NU and Muhammadiyah but also to all Indonesian people," President Jokowi stated as witnessed in a video on the YouTube account of the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia on Tuesday.

During the awarding event, President Jokowi gave his speech via video recording that was witnessed by recipients of the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity held in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, on Monday evening local time.

The president also commended President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the extraordinary progress and innovation achieved by the UAE, and this has become a symbol of improvement in the region and the world.

In his remarks, President Jokowi also expressed his gratitude for the awards given to two leading Islamic organizations in Indonesia, NU and Muhammadiyah.

"Moreover, this award is the first to be given to organizations in the Asian region. This makes us, the Indonesian people, very proud," President Jokowi stated.

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When this award event was first held in 2019, President Jokowi also mentioned the signing of the Document on Human Fraternity after the meeting between Pope Francis and Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb in Abu Dhabi.

This historic meeting is considered to further motivate and inspire the Indonesian people to always uphold human values and maintain tolerance and harmony to build a fairer, more prosperous, and more peaceful world.

Vice President Ma'ruf Amin was also present to witness the presentation of the 2024 Zayed Award for Human Fraternity to NU and Muhammadiyah.

When the award was given, NU was represented by General Chair of the Nahdlatul Ulama Executive Board (PBNU), Yahya Cholil Staquf, while Muhammadiyah was represented by the General Chair of Muhammadiyah, Haedar Nashir.

The Zayed Award for Human Fraternity is an independent international award granted annually to honor every individual and institution regardless of their background and origin.

This award is bestowed on those working selflessly and tirelessly to realize the eternal values of solidarity, integrity, justice and optimism and creating a life of harmony and peace.

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Translator: Mentari Dwi Gayati, Katriana
Editor: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga
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