Indonesia: Speaker of the Indonesian Parliament, Puan Maharani Calls for “Gotong Royong” Spirit to ASEAN – AIPA in COVID-19 Battle

The Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr. (H.C.) Puan Maharani attended the annual agenda of AIPA-ASEAN Leaders’ Interface. The meeting between the Speakers of Parliaments and leaders of ASEAN Member Countries, on the sidelines of the 36th ASEAN Summit, was for the first time held virtually. Maharani joined the meeting from her office in Nusantara III Building, Senayan, Jakarta Friday (26/6/2020) in the ASEAN Leader’s Interface with the Representative of AIPA session.

In the ASEAN Leaders’ Interface session, Maharani delivered her remarks on ASEAN, taking turns with the President of the Philippines, Prime Ministers of Malaysia, and Vietnam. According to Maharani, the annual agenda reaffirms the role of AIPA as ASEAN’s partner. AIPA, which is an association of legislative bodies in ASEAN, has a strategic role in achieving the goal of forming the ASEAN Community.

The politician from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle emphasized the spirit of gotong royong (mutual cooperation, the national spirit embraced by the Indonesian people) to ASEAN to increase synergy as an ASEAN Community, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Speaker, countries in the region are currently experiencing the same pressure, which has an impact on health aspects and has also paralyzed all people’s activities related to social, economic, cultural, and even religious fields.

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