Jokowi Urges Enhanced Asean-UN Partnership to Address Global Issues, Including Palestine

President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo urged the United Nations to contribute more to realize independence for Palestine during the 9th Asean-UN Summit in Manila on Monday (13/11). (Photo courtesy of the Cabinet Secretariat)

By : Sheany | on 2:10 PM November 14, 2017
Category : News, Foreign Affairs

Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo urged the United Nations to contribute more to realize independence for Palestine during the 9th Asean-UN Summit in Manila on Monday (13/11).

"I understand that complete independence for Palestine is not easy. However, I hope that under your [Antonio Guterres's] leadership, the Palestinian issue can progress significantly," Jokowi said, according to a statement issued by the Presidential Office Press Bureau.

He added that Indonesia stands ready to offer its support and assistance to help Palestine.

In the meeting, the president also urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and the UN to strengthen their synergy and cooperation to address pressing global issues.

"Asean and the UN have similar missions and agendas. We must work to strengthen our synergy," Jokowi said.

During his opening remarks, Guterres also conveyed the UN's readiness "to provide technical support to Asean and its member countries in their efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism and to combat transnational crime."

Guterres said strengthening partnerships with regional organizations, including Asean, is "a priority" and "a critical pillar of my proposals to reform the United Nations."

On Sep. 18, more than 120 countries declared their support for UN reforms to strengthen the organization and make it more responsive to the people it serves.

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