JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesian Lower House [DPR] head Puan Maharani has expressed her support for the government’s decision not to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.
The assertion comes after the Jerusalem Post newspaper reported that the Jewish state will establish diplomatic relations with Indonesia and Oman in early 2021.
“As long as [Israel] failed to recognize Palestinian independence or the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination, Indonesia will oppose Israeli oppression [of Palestine], and reject diplomatic relations with Israel,” she said in a press release on Friday, December 18.
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Puan added that Indonesia will always support the Palestinian people and the two-state solution. Her assertion comes after Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi stated that Indonesia has no plans to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.
Speaking last Wednesday, the veteran diplomat asserted that Indonesia’s stance is based on the international parameters on the Middle East peace process, namely a two-state solution.
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According to the Jerusalem Post, Indonesia and Oman were set on establishing diplomatic relations before US President Donald Trump leaves office on January 21, 2020.
The allegations were also caused by the re-establishing of the ‘calling visa’ for Israel and other high risk countries for Indonesia.
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