The US Ambassador and Grand Imam of the Istiqlal Mosque Inaugurates the First American Space in the World

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US Ambassador to Indonesia Sung Y. Kim and Grand Imam of the Istiqlal Mosque Prof. Nasaruddin Umar , Tuesday, 6 June 2023, took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of inaugurating American Space at the Istiqlal Mosque, in partnership with Voice of Istiqlal ( VoIST ). American Space at the mosque is the first American Space in the world owned by the US Department of State to open and be inaugurated in a mosque.

The United States (US) Ambassador to Indonesia Sung Y. Kim said that Indonesia and the US share the same commitment to advancing the values ​​of tolerance and diversity.

“One of the things that makes the relationship between the United States and Indonesia special is because the two countries have shared values, a shared commitment to advancing the values ​​of tolerance and diversity,” said US Ambassador Sung Kim in a press release received via email, Tuesday, June 6, 2023.

Ambassador Kim added that he was very impressed with how  Voice of Istiqlal  presented Indonesia that was expanding with tolerance and diversity in the global community.

The US Ambassador hopes that the presence of  American Space  at the Istiqlal Mosque Library can promote mutual understanding and share information regarding opinions and important issues for Indonesia and the US.

He said that American Space’s VoIst facility   is open to the public, and will be a means for Muslims and non-Muslims who want to dialogue and work together.

“This will be a forum for local communities to discuss global issues and shared values ​​between the people of Indonesia and the US,” he added.

On the same occasion, the Grand Imam of the Istiqlal Mosque Nasaruddin Umar  said that  VoIst American Space  was a place to strengthen relations between Indonesia and the US.

“We see that Istiqlal is ready to become a center of Islamic civilization, a national identity and a symbol of the progress of Indonesian society that will promote interfaith dialogue and moderate Islam with the aim of strengthening relations between East and West,” said Grand Imam Umar.

Director  of Voice of Istiqlal  Rosita Tandos also added that  VoIst American Space  will be a center for research, promotion of US education and cultural exchange. ***

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