More than 250 guests recently attended the open house function organised by the Embassy of Indonesia for the diplomatic corps as well as government officials of Brunei Darussalam which was carried out at the Indonesian Ambassador Residence.

The function was divided into two sessions with the first session taking place in the morning attended by businesses and non-government officials while the second session in the afternoon saw the attendance of several high-ranking state officials.

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“Hopefully this meeting will further strengthen the friendship and bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam,” His Excellency Dr Sujatmiko said in a statement while expressing gratitude to all the guests attending the event.

Attendees were pampered with various Indonesian culinary dishes such as lontong cap gomeh, madura chicken satay, maranggi satay, and Soto Betawi. They were also served different types of Madura porridge, tape uli (fermented glutinous rice and savory steamed glutinous rice cake), and traditional cakes.

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The dishes that attracted a lot of attention from the guests are jamu (a traditional drink made from natural ingredients such as turmeric, kaempferia, ginger, etc).

The event was attended by several cabinet Ministers such as the Minister of Home Affairs, the Minister of Defence II and the Minister of Development as well as senior officials from the Government of Brunei Darussalam.

The Hari Raya Aidilfitri function was an annual event held by the Indonesian Embassy to celebrate Aidilfitri and foster good relations.

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Last year, following the health protocol guidelines set by the Government of Brunei, the Indonesian Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan did not conduct a banquet.

However, with the COVID-19 situation currently under control in the sultanate, the event was conducted in accordance to the health protocols that have been set by the Ministry of Health.

Image: Wardi Wasil
Image: Wardi Wasil

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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