Ladies and Gentlemen.
I am pleased to send greetings to the 9th Bali Democracy Forum.
Diversity of cultures and religions is one of humanity's greatest strengths, but when identity, politics, hate speech and violence prevail instability follows. With the current trends in migration, globalisation, and forced displacement, diversity will increasingly define societies around the world.
As the world’s largest majority Muslim democracy, with a wide variety of cultures and religions, Indonesia has a major role to play in promoting pluralism, tolerance, and harmony. I thank Indonesia for sharing its experiences with the global audience.
Healthy democracies, with peaceful societies and functioning institutions, foster inclusion and respect for all races, genders, and religions.
With democracy increasingly under threat in many parts of the world, north, south, east and west, your work at this Bali Democracy Forum is more important than ever.
I wish you a successful meeting.