President Attends National Christmas Day Event

29 December, 2011 | Source: ANTARA News

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono attended a function to celebrate Christmas Day at the Jakarta Convention Hall here on Tuesday and his remarks on the occasion called for increased tolerance and solidarity.

He said in his speech at the event that tolerance and solidarity are the key to the success of development.

"All people must be made aware of the principles of humanism and tolerance to settle all problems. Right now we are in the middle of a development process in which solidarity among the nation`s components is needed regardless of their identities, whether they are Christians, Moslems, Confucianists, Buddhists or Hindus. They all have equal responsibility," he said.

The head of state said the good national conditions in terms of economy, politics and social life had to be welcomed with gratefulness through the Christmas commemoration.

"In this way we can also help build harmony among nations in the world. I would also ask Christians in the country to be always grateful for the progress we have made as nation and to improve achievement of things that have not yet been achieved. Make Christmas Day a light that gives optimism, positive thinking and conviction," he said.

"Let us also meet the new year with hope. Let us create stable political conditions, good economic and social conditions," he said.

"All mistakes and inappropriateness in the life of the nation and community must not happen again next year. With faith, hope and passion let us build Indonesia to be more peaceful, just and prosperous," he said.

On the occasion he also conveyed the regards of First Lady Any Yudhoyono who was unable to attend the event due to illness.

"Mrs Ani who has so far always come to the religious commemoration events like tonight is unable to attend because she is undergoing treatment in a hospital. She sends her regards," he said.

The function was also attended by Vice President Boediono, Mrs Herawati Boediono, cabinet ministers and other high ranking officials.

 

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