US Recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli Capital an 'Appropriate Step': US Ambassador

According to US Ambassador Joseph Donovan, the United States believes that the move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is 'appropriate at this time.' (JG Photo/Sheany)

By : Sheany | on 10:42 PM December 07, 2017
Category : News, Foreign Affairs

Tangerang. Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi held a meeting with the US ambassador on Thursday evening (07/12) to convey Indonesia's stance on the United States decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Retno told reporters after the meeting that she reiterated a statement made by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo earlier today, in which he said that Indonesia condemns the United States' formal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and asked US President Donald Trump to reconsider it.

Jokowi also requested Retno to summon the US ambassador to convey Indonesia's reception of the decision.

"I reiterated the president's statement ... The ambassador repeated the decision made by President Donald Trump," Retno said.

US Ambassador Joseph Donovan said that the United States remains "committed to achieving lasting peace agreement between Israeli and Palestinians" and will support a two-state solution "if agreed to by both parties."

According to Donovan, the United States believes that the move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is "appropriate at this time," based on the fact that "major institutions of the Israeli government are located in Jerusalem."

The Indonesian translation of Donovan's statement issued by the US embassy in Jakarta on Thursday afternoon said that the United States consulted it with its partners and allies, including Indonesia.

Donovan said there was an error in the translation.

"I regret that the Bahasa Indonesia translation of that [statement] was inaccurate," he said.

On Monday, Retno held a meeting with Donovan to express Indonesia's concerns over what was then still an unofficial decision.

Retno stressed that even prior to the announcement, she spoke with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and said the decision will "hamper the peace process and peace itself" in the region.

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