Wednesday, March 10, 2010

SBY in Australia

President Susilo Bambang Yudoyono arrived in Canbera on  Tuesday, 9 March, greeted by a 21-guns and a military band with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Governor-General Quentin Bryce waiting on the red carpet.

Later, Quentin Bryce presented SBY with an honorary Order of Australia for his works after the 2002 Bali Bombing that killed 88 Australians.

On Wednesday, SBY became the first Indonesian President and the Fifth foreign president to address a join sitting of Australia's Parliament.

Further, President SBY and PM Rudd have reached an agreement to combat the smuggling of people to Australia through Indonesia, and agreed to eradicate terrorist network.
Afterward, SBY flew to Sydney to meet with businessmen before leaving on Thursday.

For detailed media reports, please click here, here and here.

Considering that Indonesia and Australia are neighbors, I hope that relationship between both governments, parliaments and the people would always be well maintained based on mutual respect and understanding.
Like it or not, we have no other choice, we have to like each other. 

Photo : Courtesy of AFP/Yahoo.


umihoney said...

Its true as you said,like it or not we are neighbours.

"Of neighborhoods, benevolence is the most beautiful" - Confucius

H. Nizam said...

Yes, because neighboring are determined by God to be that way.
People living in a neighborhood can move to other neighborhood if they want to.
But countries? Impossible!