Multi-Faith Youth Meeting promotes stronger people-to-people ties

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Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:15

The Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull and Indonesian President Joko Widodo met young leaders of diverse faith from Australia and Indonesia on Saturday, as part of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit. 

The Australia-Indonesia Multi-Faith Youth Meeting was inspired by President Widodo’s decision to bring Indonesian students from different faith communities with him during his visit to Sydney to build links with their Australian counterparts.  

The meeting reinforced the strong people-to-people links between Australia and Indonesia and the important role of faith-based exchanges in promoting mutual respect and religious diversity. 

Australia’s engagement with Indonesia’s faith communities is part of the fabric of our bilateral relationship, including through the long-standing Muslim Exchange Program which has enabled over 200 young Muslims from Australia and Indonesia to better understand each other’s countries.  

The students were encouraged to continue to develop their friendships and to promote cooperation and understanding between their countries and communities.