Palestinian protestors are seen next to the border fence between Israel and Gaza in this May 2018 file photo. (Reuters Photo/Amir Cohen)

US Embassy Relocation to Jerusalem Threatens Peace: FM Retno


MAY 16, 2018

Jakarta. The Indonesian government has condemned the opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, emphasizing that the decision is a threat to peace.

"On top of violating various United Nations resolutions, the relocation [of the embassy would threaten the peace process and peace itself," Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said during an event in Jakarta on Monday (14/05).

Reuters reported that Israeli soldiers used excessive force on the Gaza border on Monday, allegedly resulting in the death of 58 Palestinians. Around 2,700 others were injured.

The United States' decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv has drawn concern and condemnation from the international community since it was announced by US President Donald Trump in December.

The bloodshed on Monday drew calls for restraint from several countries, including France and the United Kingdom.

Indonesia has been a vocal supporter of Palestinian independence, with senior officials, including President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Foreign Minister Retno expressing the country's support on various occasions.

"The position of the government of Indonesia remains, and will always be consistent in supporting Palestinians in achieving their right. The Palestinian issue is at the heart of Indonesia's foreign policy," Retno reaffirmed on Monday.

The country opened a consulate general in Ramallah, the de facto capital of Palestine, in 2016.

Retno recently tweeted that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) may hold an extraordinary summit to respond to the situation in Gaza.