Opening Speeches by Soekarno and Ali Sastroamidjojo at the Asian-African Conference

Asia Africa Coference_ Bandung 1955The following two great speeches were delivered by Soekarno and Ali Sastroamidjojo at the Opening of Asian-African Conference, Bandung, Indonesia, April 18, 1955. Source of the files: Vital Speeches of the Day, EBSCO Publishing.

Speech 1: by Soekarno, the President of the Republic of Indonesia.

Here is the excerpt:

It is my great honor and privilege on this historic day to bid you welcome to Indonesia. On behalf of the people and Government of Indonesia –your hosts– I beg your understanding and forbearance if some circumstances in our country do not meet your expectations. We have done our best to make your stay amongst us a memorable one for both our guests and your hosts. …

Speech 2: by Ali Sastroamidjojo, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Indonesia, and the President of the Asian-African Conference.

Here is the excerpt:

May I first of all express my gratitude for your confidence in entrusting me with the task of the president of this conference. I consider this not merely as a great honor to myself, but also, and in the first place, to Indonesia and its people. We are indeed much honored that this conference; this event of such great historical significance, is taking place in our country. It is my privilege to welcome you also on behalf of the other sponsoring countries –Burma, Ceylon, India and Pakistan– who, together with Indonesia, have convened this conference. …

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