JAKARTA. On Thursday (31/08) at Gedung Pancasila, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi launched Humanitarian Assistance for Sustainable Community (HASCO) Program for Myanmar. HASCO initiated by the Indonesian Humanitarian Alliance for Myanmar (AKIM) aims to provide assistance to the people of Myanmar in the areas of capacity building, expert delivery, livelihood and recovery. The launch of the program was attended by a number of foreign representatives, representatives of international organizations in Jakarta, as well as social organizations in Indonesia, including Rumah Zakat.

“We represent the government of the Republic of Indonesia to express their gratitude and appreciation to AKIM. I do not think many countries can do a very strong synergy between the Government and humanitarian NGOs for a purpose to help the humanitarian situation, in this case Myanmar,” said the Indonesian Foreign Minister said in his speech. “Therefore we can be heartened to say: this is Indonesia. A progressive Indonesia, who cares about the humanitarian and caring situation of doing constructive cooperation,” she continued.

In her speech, the Indonesian Foreign Minister also expressed Indonesia’s commitment to assist the Government of Myanmar in developing Rakhine State, in the process of reform and reconciliation including the strengthening of democratization. Indonesia encourages the Myanmar government to immediately restore security stability in Rakhine after the 25 August attacks.
“We expect the government of Myanmar to provide protection to all those in Rakhine including the Islamic community and humanitarian access,” explained the Foreign Minister.

In this event also signing the commitment of 11 NGOs that are members of AKIM including Rumah Zakat also committed to support the HASCO program for Myanmar. “Burmese refugees not only need logistical support, but also political support.
Together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs inshaAllah efforts diplomacy becomes easier, “said CEO of Rumah Zakat, Nur Efendi. “May God facilitate us in helping and restoring Myanmar.” Efendi concluded.


Newsroom / Ria Arianti

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