Fri, 05 Sep 2003

Mega receives new envoys

JAKARTA: President Megawati Soekarnoputri on Thursday received credential letters from new ambassadors of Canada, Kuwait and Slovak to Indonesia.

Ambassador Randolph Bruce Mank of Canada, Ambassador Mochammad Adel Khalaf of Kuwait and Ambassador Peter Holasek of Slovak submitted their credential letters in a state ceremony at the Merdeka Palace.

Indonesia is not an unfamiliar place for Ambassador Mank, who was once assigned to Jakarta earlier in his career and he expressed the commitment of his government to build strong relations with Indonesia.

"Canada is committed to developing strong political and economic relations with Indonesia," he said in a statement provided to The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

"I am particularly pleased to serve as the representative of Canadian government during what I am sure will be crucial years for Indonesia and its development as a democratic nation and as a leader in the region," Mank stated.--JP