Foreign Ministry to Hold BDF IX

Willy Haryono    •    29 November 2016 20:22 WIB
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Foreign Ministry to Hold BDF IX
Bali Democracy Forum IX (Photo: MoFA), Jakarta: The Foreign Ministry will hold the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) IX in Bali on December 8-9.

Foreign Ministry information and public diplomacy director general Esti Andayani mentioned the forum will address the connection between democracy, religion and pluralism.

"We decided the theme last March," she said in Jakarta on Tuesday (11/29).

Several Muslim organizations will hold a mass protest in Jakarta on December 2. The protesters will demand the police to charge Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama with blasphemy.

"The December 2 protest hopefully will go on peacefully," she continued.

"Therefore, the world will witness (our democratic maturity)," she stated.

Around 60 countries will join the conference. At least 11 ministers will attend the event.

Several international figures will also take part in the conference such as former UN secretary general Kofi Annan.