Indonesia strongly condemns U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday strongly condemned the decision of the USA government to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel which may disturb the world's stability.

"This can rock global security and stability", he said. He called on the United Nations to intervene on the issue.

Jokowi said he has also instructed Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to personally convey Indonesia's stand to the U.S. Ambassador for Indonesia H.E. Joseph R. Donovan.

President Widodo said, "Indonesia condemns United States' unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and requests the reconsider the decision".

President Widodo stressed that he and the Indonesian people have been consistent to continuously supporting the struggle of the Palestinian people for independence. The House of Representatives (DPR) has supported the Indonesian Government for strongly opposing Trump's move on Jerusalem and asking the US Government to reconsider the decision, Kurniawan, deputy chairman of the National Mandate Party (PAN), noted.

Indonesia will consider further steps to respond to the issue after the OIC meeting, he said.

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

Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - now occupied by Israel - might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Trump announced his administration would begin a process of moving the USA embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a step expected to take years and one that his predecessors opted not to take to avoid inflaming tensions.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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