From left, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki and Bandung Mayor Oded M. Danial participating in the inauguration of 'Palestine Walk' in the West Java provincial capital on Friday. (Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Indonesia Launches Solidarity Week for Palestine to Support Independence Struggle

OCTOBER 14, 2018

Jakarta. Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and her Palestinian counterpart, Riyad al-Maliki, launched Solidarity Week for Palestine in Jakarta on Saturday as part of Indonesia's longstanding commitment to supporting the territory's struggle for independence.

"This is part of Indonesia's commitment to Palestine, along with [our efforts] to increase our understanding and awareness of the Palestinian struggle," Retno said in a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Retno and Al-Maliki attended the official opening of a 100-meter-long "Palestine Walk" pathway by Bandung Mayor Oded M. Danial in the West Java provincial capital on Friday.

Retno said the pathway illustrates Indonesia's commitment to the Palestinian struggle for independence.

Al-Maliki, who is on an official visit to Indonesia, is scheduled to participate in several activities next week. This includes presenting a public lecture at the University of Indonesia.

Retno and Al-Maliki will lead the inaugural Indonesia-Palestine bilateral consultation meeting, which aims to develop concrete plans for cooperation between the two nations.

Al-Maliki was also scheduled to participate in "Walk for Peace and Humanity" during car-free day in Central Jakarta on Sunday.

Solidarity Week for Palestine is organized by the foreign ministry and will involve the government and both local and foreign civil society organizations, religious leaders and members of the public.

Indonesia has been a staunch supporter of Palestine, repeatedly advocating for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The country expressed a commitment to prioritize the issue during its term as a nonpermanent member of the United Nations Security Council, which begins in 2019.