Jakarta. Indonesia wants the issue of Palestinian independence to be restored to the international agenda as soon as possible, a Foreign Affairs Ministry official said on Thursday (23/11).
Speaking during a seminar at Bandung Islamic University (Unisba), the ministry’s Middle East director, Nurul Aulia, said recent conflicts in the Middle East have "marginalized the issue of Palestine."
"This is bad for Palestine, and very good for Israel. This needs to change. We need to put the issue of Palestine back in the international agenda," Nurul said.
The Indonesian government will urge Arab countries to resolve the Palestine issue peacefully, without using violence.
The Southeast Asian country has provided assistance for Palestine over many years, including running many capacity-building programs and opening a hospital in Gaza.
Indonesia has also been a staunch supporter of Palestinian independence. The country established diplomatic relations with Palestine in 1988 and opened a consulate-general in Ramallah, Palestine’s de-facto capital, in 2016.