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24 July 2012
Australian Foreign Minister Records Ramadan YouTube Message
Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has recorded a Ramadan message on YouTube especially for Indonesian Muslims.
This is the first time an Australian Foreign Minister has gone on a video to pass on salam for Ramadan, underlining the importance of Indonesia to Australia.
“Ramadan is a special time of fasting and prayer. It’s a time for contemplation and compassion. It’s a time when people strengthen their focus on helping others, in the great Indonesian tradition of gotong royong,” Mr Carr said in his message.
The Australian Government is actively engaging Muslim communities around the world, and promoting interfaith and intercultural dialogue with many of Australia's close and important partners, including Indonesia.
Minister Carr said that the Ramadan values of selflessness and charity are values that unite Muslims and non Muslims alike.
The Foreign Minister’s Ramadan Message is available on YouTube and the link is available on www.facebook.com/australianembassyjakarta and Twitter @DubesAustralia.
Ray Marcelo, Counsellor (Public Affairs) tel. (021) 2550 5290 mob. 0811 187 3175