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Indonesia, India can learn inter-religious harmony: Envoy

New Delhi, Aug 10: Ahead of the first India Indonesia Interfaith Dialogue (IIID) to be held in the Southeast Asian nation in October, Indonesian Ambassador to India Sidharto R. Suryodipuro said that both countries can learn about inter-religious harmony from each other.

“Both of us have something to share in terms of how we manage pluralism while we strengthen tolerance, inter-religious harmony,” Suryodipuro said in response to a question by IANS during an interaction with a group of journalists here organised by the Indian Association of Foreign Affairs Correspondents. “Both India and Indonesia are countries that are quite successful in managing pluralism in a democratic setting,” he said.

Indonesia is home to the world’s largest Muslim population. The first IIID will be held from October 3 to 5 in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta. Observing that both Indonesia and India have a complex ethnic make-up, Suryodipuro said: “We also can learn from each other on what we are doing to strengthen this.” He was also of view that both countries can also have a message that can be sent to the international community on how to manage pluralism and tolerance. The Ambassador said that while half a million Indians visited Indonesia last year, 40,000 Indonesians visited India. (IANS)