Indonesian president to attend Islamic leaders' summit on Jerusalem: minister

Evarado Alatorre
Diciembre 8, 2017

The Foreign Ministry has condemned the decision by United States President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying that as a democratic country, "the USA should know what democracy means". "How come? Are we fighting with Israel or the United States?"

"We condemn this recognition", Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told a group of diplomats at the Bali Democracy Forum, a decade-old annual meeting being held this year near Jakarta. A kaffiyeh is a traditional scarf similar to the kind worn by the late Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat. "This 1967 borders belong to the state of Palestine", Alshun said. It annexed the entire city in 1980 and claimed that Jerusalem was its "eternal and undivided" capital, a move that was never recognized by the worldwide community.

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said in her opening speech at the Bali Democracy Forum on Thursday that Democracy meant respecting worldwide law, while the recognition by Trump as well as his decision to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem did not respect various United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.

Malaysia's Foreign Ministry released a statement urging the U.S.to reconsider its decision, citing Jerusalem's large Arab population.

Indonesian president to attend Islamic leaders' summit on Jerusalem: minister
Indonesian president to attend Islamic leaders' summit on Jerusalem: minister

President Trump's announcement was in keeping with a campaign promise he made to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in 2016.

The announcement went further than previous U.S. administrations were willing to go following passage of a law in the U.S.in 1995 calling for the U.S. Embassy in Israel to be moved inland from the Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

However, Trump is of the opinion that recognizing Jerusalem is a long overdue step to advance the peace process.

Indonesia is a relentless supporter to Palestine, repeatedly called for the two-state solution that allows the two states of Palestine and Israel to live together side by side in peace and harmony, Marsudi said.

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