... Not many are aware of the fact that Indonesia featured in Tintin's cartoon serial titled Flight 747 to Sydney... "
London (ANTARA News) - Two stamps depicting cartoon character Tintin in Indonesia's Komodo Island and Kemayoran (Jakarta) were recently launched in Brussels, Belgium, to commemorate 65 years of Indonesia-Belgium relations, an Indonesian Embassy official in Brussels stated on Wednesday.
Riaz Saehu, the counselor at the Indonesian Embassy in Brussels, noted that the special stamps portraying the iconic scenes of Tintin spending time in Indonesia have been created through the joint cooperation between the Indonesian Embassy in Brussels, Herge and Moulinsart Museum.
The last one is the company owning the copyrights of Tintin character, and Belgium's Post Company (B-Post). The stamps will be used for correspondence by the Indonesian Embassy in Brussels, Belgium.
The launch event of the two stamps was attended by Indonesian Ambassador to Belgium Havas Oegroseno, Belgium's Deputy Foreign Minister Jan Van Dessel, diplomats from Indonesia and Belgium, and some local famous figures.
Ambassador Havas emphasized that the bilateral relations between Indonesia and Belgium have been fruitful during the past four years, which is apparent by the large number of investments made by Belgium companies in Indonesia.
Both countries have also agreed to establish a master degree program for Islamic Study, which will be taught at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
Havas also highlighted the signing of the Indonesia-the European Union's Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation this year, which was ratified by the European and Indonesian parliament members.
The agreement is expected to boost people-to-people contact, cooperation in trade, investment, and education sectors between Indonesia and the European Union.
Tintin is a cartoon character created by Belgium-born Georges Remi or popularly known as Herge. Not many are aware of the fact that Indonesia featured in Tintin's cartoon serial titled Flight 747 to Sydney.
In the story, Tintin along with his friends, Captain Haddock and Professor Calculus, are leaving London and heading for Sydney.
Before Sydney, Tintin and his friends landed at Jakarta's Kemayoran Airport and decided to take a tour of the city. Tintin also visited Komodo Island in the East Nusa Tenggara province, the original habitat of the komodo dragon.