Indonesian Delegation Participates in Interfaith Dialogs in Slovak, Poland

Jakarta (Antara news) - An Indonesian delegation comprising prominent religious figures have left for Europe to participate in interfaith dialogs to be held in Slovak and Poland, stated a diplomat.

The interfaith dialogs are being organized by the Indonesian Government in cooperation with the governments of Slovak and Poland, Al Busyra Basnur, the Indonesian foreign ministrys Public Diplomacy Director, noted in a press statement on Tuesday.

"The focal point of the implementation of interfaith dialog in Indonesia is the foreign affairs ministry with the cooperation of the religious affairs ministry," he remarked.

Members of the delegation include Romo Agus Ulahayanan (Catholic), Priest Dr Martin Lukito Sinaga (Christian), Dr Candra Setiawan (Confucian), Prof. Mudjia Rahardjo (academician of UIN Malang), and Prof. Azyumardi Azra of the Jakarta State Islamic University (UIN Jakarta).

Other members who will deliver presentations during the dialogs are Eusabius Binsasi of the religious affairs ministrys director general in charge of Catholic affairs, the religious affairs ministrys Inter-Religion Harmony Center Mubarok, and the foreign affairs ministrys Public Diplomacy Director Al Busyra Basnur.

During their stay in Slovak, on October 27-31, 2014, they are scheduled to hold dialogs at the University of Comenius and the University of St Cyril & Methodius Trnava.

The Indonesian embassy in Bratislava will screen two short films respectively titled "Senyawa" directed by Wregas Banuteja and "Tanda Tanya" directed by Hanung Bramantyo, which portray harmony and tolerance.

During their stay in Poland, on November 1-6, 2014, they will hold interfaith dialog in the University of Bialystiok, deliver a public lecture, and hold meetings with the local officials.

The Malang State Islamic University and the Jakarta State Islamic University will sign MOUs with the University of Bialystok.

Indonesia has organized interfaith dialogs with 25 countries since 2004. ***3***

(T.F001/A/KR-BSR/F001) 28-10-2014 14:38:40