Iran, Indonesia share lots of cultural commonalities
Jakarta, Deputy Assistant of Indonesian Tourism Ministry said Iran and Indonesia have a lot in common with regard to cultural issues.
Sigit Witjaksono made the remarks in an exclusive interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) which was held on the sidelines of the 2018 Familiarization Trip Media Iran (Oct 5-12).
Referring to the way how Iranian culture is influencing Indonesian city of Aceh, Witjaksono said 'actually coming back to the history and Aceh has historical relations with Iran other than that there are many cities that have a lot in common with Iran'.
'Indonesia has good relations with people from the Middle East,' he added.
People from Indonesia go for studying in the Middle East like in Egypt, Bahrain and Jordan, he said, adding that 'we also prefer to study in Iran'.
It is worth noting that many Indonesian students are now studying in Qom.
More than 10,000 Indonesian students are studying in Egypt so 'we believe that Iran is also potential for paving the grounds for young people to study', he added.
On the major strides taken by the Indonesian government for developing tourism, he said 'we have a lot of attraction now we are developing our transportation and accommodation and what is the most important is the access even just to mention that we need connection between two countries'.
He also called for establishing direct flight between Iran and Indonesia.
Aceh is a semi-autonomous Indonesian province on the northwest tip of Sumatra Island.
The area was hit by earthquake and tsunami in 2004 and over 40,000 people were killed.
The 2018 Familiarization Trip Media Iran which was organized by Indonesian Tourism Ministry and Indonesian Embassy in Tehran aimed at familiarizing Iranian journalists with tourist attractions in Indonesia and also with Indonesian culture.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA