London (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and Norway observed the 10th anniversary of the Human Rights Dialog between the two countries attended by Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store, the Director General for the US and Europe, and Ambassador Retno Marsudi on behalf of the Indonesian foreign minister.

The dialog carried three main themes discussed in three working groups, namely human rights and security, children`s rights, and Interfaith Dialogue and Culture of Tolerance, third secretary for information, social and cultural affairs of the Indonesian embassy in Oslo Febby Fahrani told ANTARA News`s London correspondent on Wednesday.

In opening the human rights dialog, Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr said that the dialog is a cornerstone in the bilateral relations between the two countries. "Creative ideas and fresh cooperation are needed to foster the human rights dialog," he said.

The US and Europe Director General underlined three important meanings of the dialog which marked the 10th anniversary cooperation and protection of human rights between Indonesia and Norway.

The dialog was attended by 21 Norwegian and 24 Indonesian participants from the government, military and police, and civil society.

The Indonesian government participants included representatives from the Law and Human Rights Ministry, Religious Ministry, Women`s Empowerment and Protection Ministry, Defense Ministry, the Military, the Police, and Foreign Ministry.

The commitment to increase and expand human rights cooperation is also contained in the Joint Declaration on Cooperation Towards A Dynamic Partnership in the 21st Century signed by Foreign Minister Marty M. Natalegawa and his Norwegian counterpart Jonas Gahr Store here in November last year.

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