VP Kalla to meet ulemas in Afghanistan

Jakarta – Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla has planned to visit Afghanistan to meet ulemas and community figures to share experiences on mediation of conflicts and post-conflict restoration.

“The Afghanistan High Peace Council (HPC) has invited me to visit Kabul on Feb 26. They have met me first to laud the visit of President Joko Widodo and the second being to deepen Indonesias efforts in resolving conflicts,” Kalla stated at the Vice Presidents Office in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Kalla will also deliver humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan, as both countries have the largest Muslim population.

Afghanistan has sought Indonesias assistance to restore peace.

Kalla said he was not worried about the security condition in Afghanistan.

“When you are planning to resolve conflicts, and it is preceded by fear, then you should not enter the area. However, for me, when I was solved the conflict in Poso, Ambon, and Aceh, we entered the regions with good intention and prayers. When we have good intention, God will help us,” Kalla noted.

Kalla had received the Afghanistan HPC delegation at his office on Monday.

Several state officers accompanying Kalla during the meeting included Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi and Afghanistans Ambassador to Indonesia Roya Rahmani.

Meanwhile, Marsudi stated that the meeting was a follow-up to the peace-building process in Afghanistan supported by Indonesia.

“It is accepted and believed that Indonesia will be able to contribute to Afghanistans peace-building process. They praised Indonesias commitment and hard work that demonstrated our seriousness,” Marsudi had noted last Monday.

Source: ANTARA News