Today Indonesia’s new ambassador to Australia has arrived in Canberra, the Australian Capital Territory.
Ambassador Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, a career diplomat born on 23 March 1953, will officially assume his duty soon after he presents the Letter of Credence to H.E. Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.
For those who have been living in Australia for years, Amb. Kesoema is not entirely a new face. He once served at the Embassy in Canberra between 1999-2002 as the Counsellor and Minister Counsellor of Political Affairs.
Ambassador Kesoema, who studied psychology at the University of Padjadjaran, is an experienced diplomat. Prior to assuming his Canberra’s top post, he was an ambassador in Brussels in 2008. One of his unique achievement there was the clothing of Manneken Pis (Little Man Pee), the Brussels famous landmark, with the Indonesia’s Lampung fashion style.
“Since the first time I arrived in Brussels, I wanted the cute and unique statue to wear Indonesian clothing,” said Amb. Kesoema. And he made it, exactly on 17 August 2008.
After the Brussels post, this singing Ambassador served as one of the deputies of Coordinating Minister on Politics, Law and Security Affairs. In other words, in terms of diplomatic and bureaucratic lines of career, Amb. Kesoema has reached all the top levels.
Certainly Australia and the Indonesian diaspora all over the country are attaching so much hope to Amb. Kesoema. And many believe he will do the assignment in his top performance.
All the very best, Ambassador. Indonesia counts on you. (YA)