"Yes, we are separated by the Pacific Ocean. But we are also joined by the Pacific Ocean. We are neighbours and nothing is more important that neighbours should understand each other. There is a saying that an unseen frontier of friendship exists between Canada and the United States. It is my prayer that between us of Indonesia and this country of Canada, a similar frontier of friendship may develop and grow strong."

Prime Minister of Canada Louis St. Laurent (middle) with President Sukarno (left) of Indonesia. Source: Library and Archives Canada - PA 201867

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1953, Canada and Indonesia have maintained a strong and friendly partnership. In 1956, the founder and the first President of Indonesia, Soekarno visited Canada and spoke to the combined Houses of Commons.

The above quotation is the excerp from the speech.

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