Indonesia Condemns US Plan to Open Embassy in Jerusalem in May

Indonesia has condemned a decision by the United States to move its embassy to Jerusalem in May, during a meeting between Deputy Foreign Minister A.M. Fachir, right, and US Ambassador Joseph Donovan on Monday (26/02). (Photo courtesy of the Foreign Ministry)

By : Sheany | on 10:29 PM February 26, 2018
Category : News, Featured, Foreign Affairs

Jakarta. Indonesia has condemned a decision by the United States to move its embassy to Jerusalem in May, during a meeting between Deputy Foreign Minister A.M. Fachir and US Ambassador Joseph Donovan on Monday (26/02).

"Deputy Foreign Minister A.M. Fachir stressed that the decision is in violation of United Nations resolutions and will affect the ongoing peace process that is based on a two-state solution," the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a tweet.

The ministry summoned Ambassador Donovan after the US Department of State issued a statement on Friday, revealing its plans to open a new embassy in Jerusalem.

"In May, the United States plans to open a new US Embassy in Jerusalem. The opening will coincide with Israel's 70th anniversary," the statement said.

President Donald Trump announced the United States' formal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December, sparking international condemnation, including from Indonesia.

All 57 member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), including Indonesia, issued a communique in December calling on the United States to "revoke its decision to recognize Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as capital of Israel."

The decision also led to an emergency meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 21, which saw 128 countries defy the United States and calling on it to withdraw its declaration on Jerusalem.

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