Jakarta. In an effort to promote diversity, encourage interfaith dialogue and religious tolerance, the Embassy of Denmark in Indonesia partnered with the Wahid Foundation to organize an interfaith dialogue trip to Denmark on Monday (20/03) to Friday.
“In a world where religion has been used as a tool to spark conflict, Indonesia is an important voice to encourage diversity, religious tolerance and interfaith dialogue,” Danish ambassador to Indonesia, Casper Klynge, said in a statement.
Indonesia is a model of pluralism, tolerance and religious coexistence being the fourth most populous country in the world comprising of approximately 300 ethnic groups who speak more than 500 languages and has the largest Muslim population.
In a world of uncertainty in large part due to an increase in religious radicalism, religious tolerance has been a growing focus. During the interfaith dialogue, the Wahid Foundation will discuss moderate Islam. Klynge hopes that the dialogue between individuals, groups and institutions will inspire and educate stakeholders both in Denmark and Indonesia.
The delegation will include Wahid Foundation director, Yenny Wahid and representatives from prominent Islamic organizations in Indonesia: Nasaruddin Umar the top imam of the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Abdul Mu'ti Muhammadiyah secretary general and Yahya Cholil Staquf from Indonesia's largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama.
“I am happy the government of Denmark has partnered with us for the interfaith dialogue. The purpose of this tour is to facilitate dialogue and increase awareness and understanding between the two countries,” Yenny said.
Established in 2004, Wahid Foundation has worked to develop tolerance and diversity in Indonesia, while spreading democratic values, peace and anti-violence domestically and internationally.
Yenny hopes that the tour will encourage participants to learn from one another and foster greater ties between the two countries.
The delegation will give a series of lectures at the University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University and are expected to attend meetings with Danish officials as well as Anders Samuelsen, Denmark's Foreign Minister.