Cairo, – Upon arriving in Cairo, the Arab Republic of Egypt on Friday (04/11/2022), Vice President KH Ma’ruf Amin was greeted by Egyptian Minister of Waqf Affairs Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa.

At the welcoming moment, said the Vice President, the Egyptian Minister of Waqf expressed his praise for Indonesian students in Egypt who were considered to have good character and personality.

“I was very proud last night, the Egyptian Minister of Waqf said that our students here have good morals, they study diligently. I feel honored by that,” said the Vice President during a gathering and dialogue with Indonesian students in Egypt, at the Ambassador’s House of the Indonesian Embassy (KBRI) Cairo on Saturday night (05/11/2022) local time.

To that end, the Vice President asked the students to also continue to promote Islam wasathiyah (moderate) which was tolerant and reflected the personality of the Indonesian nation.

“And as for how to develop wasathiyah Islam, I ask you to try to make some kind of writing, according to students with many references to wasathiyah Islam and also about how Indonesia implements wasathiyah Islam,” he asked.

In addition, on this occasion the Vice President also asked Indonesian students as the nation’s best capital, to keep trying to master science and technology to achieve the 2045 Gold Indonesian Vision.

“Because to achieve this Golden Indonesia, superb human resources who master science and technology are needed,” he said.

Furthermore, the Vice President also hoped that in the future Indonesian students could become transformative, visionary, and innovative leaders.

“Santri (Islamic school students) usually say we should not only keep the old good ones but also take the new and better ones. Even make improvements to a better direction on an ongoing basis. That’s what we need, not only pious but also muslih,” he hoped.

Previously, on the same occasion, the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Egypt Lutfi Rauf reported that currently there were around 12,000 Indonesian students currently studying in Egypt.

“Most of them are at Al-Azhar University and some of them are studying at other universities,” he said.

Furthermore, Lutfi said that among Indonesian students in Egypt several students were studying in the medical field. According to him, they were very instrumental in helping the Indonesian people in Egypt during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“During the Covid-19 pandemic, they helped our residents here to provide health consultations during difficult situations,” he said.

In addition to the Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt, present at this event were the Head of BAZNAS Noor Ahmad, as well as representatives of students and the Indonesian diaspora in Egypt.

Meanwhile, the Vice President was accompanied by Mrs. Hj. Wury Ma’ruf Amin, Head of the Vice President Secretariat Ahmad Erani Yustika, and Special Staff of the Vice President for Communication and Information Masduki Baidlowi. (DMA/LHS-BPMI Setwapres)