SHAFAQNA – Reports coming from Washington DC have confirmed that State Department intends to celebrate July 4th, a month early this year in several foreign diplomatic outposts out of respect for the coming month of Ramadan.
The US Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia for example celebratedÂ Independence Day holiday on June 4, so as to avoid any conflict with the month-Âlong Ramadan celebration.
US Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake and US Ambassador to ASEANÂ Nina Hachigian presided over the festivities, which involved brass band renditions of the StarÂSpangled Banner and the Indonesian national anthem, Indonesia Raya. Blake explained that the theme of the event leaned toward â€œgreenâ€ development, which supported the USâ€™ focus on building and promoting a green economy and more environmentally sustainable development.
He also praised Indonesiaâ€™s performance as a fully functioning democracy, aimingÂ for further collaboration between the two countries in the years to come. â€œThe US will continue to support Indonesia in the future through its democratic achievements. Democracy is an American value which we have championed since [the countryâ€™s birth in] 1776,â€ Blake told the crowd during the festivities at hisÂ residence near Taman Suropati, Central Jakarta, on Thursday.