Indon Vice President meets MNLF group
from Manila Bulletin, August 17, 2007
JAKARTA-- Indonesian Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla received yesterday a top-level five-man delegation of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) sent on a mission of peace by MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari on the eve of the Muslim country’s 62nd Independence Day today.
Kalla had an audience for about one hour with the delegation led by Ustadhz Shariff Zain Jali, chairman of the Bangsa Moro Congress who is the head delegate.
The other members of the delegation are Sultan Firdausi Abbas, Ph.D., general legal counsel and chairman of the committee on legal affairs who is also delegation spokesman; Dr. Mashur Bin Ghalib Jundam, chairman of the secretariat and the committee on education; Maj. Cen. Abduljabbar ‘Narra’ Jialil, vice chief of staff of the Bangsa Moro Armed Forces; and Hadji Abdul Jalil Hassiman, chief of staff of the Office of the Chairman of the central committee.
Minister Ade Daud Nasution, legislator in Indonesia’s House of Representatives, arranged the meeting upon Misuari’s request.
Kalla welcomed the MNLF, saying he was happy about the meeting, adding the MNLF concerns that Abbas articulated and expounded would be considered.
The Vice President advised that Muslim Filipinos unite in their effort to achieve peace.
Kalla, who received the MNLF at his official residence here, also promised to bring to Indonesian President Susio “Bambang” Yudhoyono Misuari’s letter on the tripartite talks and an update on the condition of the Bangsamoro people.
“I shall be glad to bring this letter to the President,” said Kalla, after it was suggested by Nasution to the Vice President.
In behalf of the group, Abbas thanked the Vice President for the very warm welcome, saying the meeting was very successful.
meeting was very typical of Malays and Muslims in sharing the sentiments
of their peoples,” Abbas said.