OIC Must Send Strong Message to Trump, Further Cause for Palestinian Independence: FM

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi. (JG Photo/Sheany)

By : Sheany | on 10:41 AM December 12, 2017
Category : News, Foreign Affairs

Jakarta. Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said the upcoming Organization of Islamic Cooperation, or OIC, summit must not only "send a strong message" against the United States's unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but also produce "concrete efforts" to further the cause for Palestinian independence.

Retno held a meeting with Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi on Monday (11/12) in Amman, Jordan, where they discussed possible "diplomatic steps after the OIC summit."

The OIC is set to hold an extraordinary summit in response to Trump's Jerusalem move on Dec. 12-13 in Istanbul, Turkey, to be attended by the leaders of its member countries.

Founded in 1969, OIC has 57 member countries, including Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.

Retno and Safadi agreed the summit "must send a strong message to the world," and denounced Trump's headline-grabbing announcement.

"We also agreed that it is important for the OIC summit to pave way for the implementation of concrete efforts to help Palestinians achieve their independence, and to restart a peace process based on a two-state solution and East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine," Retno said in a video seen by the Jakarta Globe.

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

President Trump in his announcement from the White House last Wednesday cited a 1995 US Congress adoption of the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which urged the relocation of the country's embassy to the holy city and recognize the city as Israel's capital.

Trump’s decision has sparked international condemnation, including a rebuke from President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, in which he asked Trump to "reconsider the decision."

Jokowi said he will also "call Trump after the OIC meeting."

While in Jordan, Retno is also scheduled to meet with Palestine’s Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki to discuss preparations for the summit this week.

"We want to make sure we can achieve the best possible results with the summit, and that the outcome can be implemented," Retno said.

She added there are "high hopes" from the international community, especially among Muslims that the summit can contribute significantly to resolve the issue, emphasizing that the outcome must also "benefit the people of Palestine."

Foreign ministers of Arab League member countries also held an emergency meeting in Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday, after which the organization issued a statement calling Trump's decision "dangerous and unacceptable."

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