Leaders Laud Indonesia's Support for Palestinian Independence

President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo and Jordan’s King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein meet on the sidelines of the extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul on Wednesday (13/12). (Photo courtesy of the Cabinet Secretariat)

By : Sheany | on 4:26 PM December 14, 2017
Category : News, Foreign Affairs

Jakarta. Indonesia reaffirmed its commitment to support Palestinian independence during the extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul on Wednesday (13/12).

The country's foreign policy move was lauded by world leaders, including Jordan's King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein and Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas.

In a statement received by the Jakarta Globe, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said Abbas had expressed his gratitude toward Indonesia for its support of Palestine.

"President Abbas also said that among countries outside the Middle East, Indonesia has been the most supportive for the rights of Palestinians," Retno said.

In his speech during the summit, which was called to discuss a decision by United States President Donald Trump to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said Indonesia would continue to step up its support for Palestine, in political, economic and foreign affairs.

"Indonesia will always side with Palestine as part of its foreign diplomacy," Jokowi said, as quoted in the statement.

King Abdullah also expressed his appreciation toward Indonesia during the occasion.

Jordan has a special role as custodian of the Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.

The OIC issued a communique after the meeting calling on the United States to revoke its "unilateral" decision on Jerusalem, and urged member states to impose political and economic restrictions on the world's largest economy.

Indonesia has been a vocal supporter of Palestinian independence. Jokowi and Retno have both said on multiple occasions that support for Palestine is "at the heart of Indonesia's foreign policy."

The country opened a consulate general in Ramallah, Palestine's de facto capital, in 2016.

Indonesian officials often bring up the issue of Palestine in bilateral and multilateral discussions, and have also called for the matter to be placed on the international agenda once more.

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