Search

 

Cablegate: Catholic-Muslim Forum -- Key Indonesian Muslim

VZCZCXRO0991
OO RUEHBC RUEHCHI RUEHCN RUEHDA RUEHDE RUEHDT RUEHGI RUEHHM RUEHJS
RUEHKUK RUEHLH RUEHPW RUEHROV
DE RUEHJA #2104 3191051
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 141051Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY JAKARTA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0658
INFO RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS PRIORITY
RUEHROV/AMEMBASSY VATICAN PRIORITY
RUCNISL/ISLAMIC COLLECTIVE
RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 5619
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA 3294
RUEHLM/AMEMBASSY COLOMBO 1456
RUEHKA/AMEMBASSY DHAKA 1432
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 2431
RUEHPB/AMEMBASSY PORT MORESBY 4100
RUEHTV/AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV 0243
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO 2731
RUEHHK/AMCONSUL HONG KONG 3105
RUEHPT/AMCONSUL PERTH 1283
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 7843
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0993
RHHJJPI/USPACOM HONOLULU HI
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC

UNCLAS JAKARTA 002104

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR EAP, EAP/MTS, EAP/MLS, DRL, DRL/AWH, DRL/IRF
NSC FOR E. PHU

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV KISL KIRF ID VT TH PP
SUBJECT: CATHOLIC-MUSLIM FORUM -- KEY INDONESIAN MUSLIM
LEADER LAUDS EVENT

REF: A. VATICAN 087
B. JAKARTA 1792 AND PREVIOUS

1. (U) SUMMARY: The Catholic-Muslim Forum held in Rome
November 2-4 promoted strong inter-religious relations, the
leader of a mass Muslim organization--with over 30 million
members--told an audience of religious and civic leaders on
November 11. Din Syamsuddin, chair of Muhammadiyah, also
spoke about initiatives he is planning to help facilitate
peace in the southern Philippines and southern Thailand. The
Forum also featured a Jewish leader from Australia who
delivered greetings in Hebrew, a positive--if rare--event in
Muslim majority Indonesia. END SUMMARY.

2. (U) Muhammadiyah Chair Syamsuddin was recently selected
to be president and moderator of the Asian Conference of
Religions for Peace (ACRP). (Note: Along with Nadhlatul
Ulama, Muhammadiyah is one of Indonesia's two mass Muslim
organizations. By most estimates, they are among the largest
Muslim organizations in the world.) DepPol/C attended a
dinner held in Jakarta on November 11 to celebrate
Syamsuddin's selection to these positions. Leaders of all
six major faiths in Indonesia--Islam, Catholicism and
Protestantism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Hinduism--addressed
the dinner, plus a Jewish scholar visiting from Australia who
delivered greetings in Hebrew. Judaism is not one of the
officially recognized religions in Muslim-dominated
Indonesia, so asking a representative of that faith to
address an important inter-religious event was a significant
goodwill gesture.

3. (U) In his remarks, Syamsuddin praised the recent
Catholic-Muslim Forum hosted by the Vatican, commenting on
its good effect in building better understanding between the
two religions. He was one of three Southeast Asian Muslim
leaders who attended the Forum. Several prominent Indonesian
Catholics also traveled with Syamsuddin, including Benny
Susetyo, Executive Secretary for the Interfaith Commission of
the Indonesian Catholic Bishops Conference. Syamsuddin's
upbeat assessment was particularly noteworthy given that in
September 2006 he had harsh remarks concerning Pope Benedict
XVI's Regensburg University statement about the Prophet
Muhammad. "Whether the Pope apologizes or not, the Islamic
community should show that Islam is a religion of
compassion," Syamsuddin said at the time.

4. (U) Syamsuddin also talked about upcoming initiatives at
interfaith peace mediation. A delegation of 15 Buddhists and
15 Muslims from southern Thailand might visit Indonesia early
next year under his good offices. Indonesian Vice President
Yusuf Kalla had hosted talks in Indonesia in September aimed
at reaching a settlement to the conflict in southern Thailand
(see Ref A).

5. (U) Secondly, Syamsuddin said five members each from the
Moro National Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro Islamic
Liberation Front (MNLF) in the southern Philippines have been
invited for a dialogue to take place in Indonesia early next
year.
HUME

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Syria: Economic Decline, Rising Hunger And Surging Humanitarian Needs

Syria’s fragile economy has “suffered multiple shocks” over the past 18 months, with its currency plummeting and joblessness swelling as people struggle to cover their basic needs, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council ... More>>

OECD: Final Quarter Of 2020 Shows Continued Recovery In G20 International Merchandise Trade

G20 international merchandise trade continued to rebound in the fourth quarter of 2020 ( exports up 7.2% and imports up 6.8%), following the sharp falls seen in the first half of 2020, as lockdown measures affected trade globally. Although growth ... More>>

UN Report: Civilian Casualties Surged After Peace Talks Began In Afghanistan

Monitoring by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, and the UN Human Rights Office has revealed that despite a drop in civilians killed and injured overall in 2020 there was a rise in civilian casualties following the start of peace negotiations ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs


2021: Critical Year To ‘reset Our Relationship With Nature’ – UN Chief

During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritizing nature-based solutions. Painting a picture of the turmoil ... More>>


Paris Agreement: UN Secretary-General António Guterres To Mark U.S. Reentry With Envoy For Climate John Kerry

Watch live at webtv.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres will join U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry at an event marking the United States’ reentry into the Paris Agreement this Friday. The discussion with the Secretary-General ... More>>

WeBeliev: Scoop In Conversation With Abhishek Sinha, Founder Of WeBeliev, An NZ Crowdfunding Platform

WeBeliev supports 17 SDGs, launching sector specific campaigns every month Q. What is WeBeliev and why did you start it? A. WeBeliev is a Singapore-registered crowdfunding platform aimed at fundraising for all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ... More>>