Gontor – In the opening of Afro-Asian Universities Forum (AAUF) Conference held at the Meeting Hall of Darussalam Gontor Modern Islamic Institution (BPPM) Ponorogo, Kyai Hasan Abdullah Sahal who serves as the Leader of Darussalam Gontor Modern Islamic Institution expressed his gratitude and happiness upon the implementation of this event. Kyai Hasan also hopes that the event will unite ukhuwah Islamiyyah among the audiences and to be continued in the future.
The event held on Sunday morning of 22 July 2018 was opened by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Mrs. Retno Marsudi. The event was attended by 17 rectors from universities in Asia and Africa, rectors of several universities in Indonesia, UNIDA Gontor lecturers and students, as well as santri of Darussalam Gontor Modern Islamic Institution.
Kyai Hasan stated that the conference was not only between Africa and Asia, but it was an international conference since it was also attended by Mrs. Retno who serves as Indonesia Foreign Minister.
Kyai Hasan also hopes that Ms. Retno will visit Gontor again in the future. “Do not visit Gontor just once. Solo is close to Ponorogo. You come from Semarang, don’t you?” joked Kyai Hasan to Mrs. Retno Marsudi. He hopes and welcomes Mrs. Retno Marsudi to become a lecturer at University of Darussalam Gontor. [Fikrul / Ed. Wafi, Taufiq / Trans. Eka / Ed. Nurrahma / Photo: Rifai]