Jokowi Indonesia Criticizes US Confession over Jerusalem

Jokowi Indonesia Criticizes US Confession over JerusalemBOGOR, President Joko Widodo stressed that Indonesia strongly denounced the unilateral recognition of the United States against Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Indonesian government, said Jokowi, asked the United States to reconsider the move.

"Indonesia strongly condemns the unilateral recognition of the United States against Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and asks the US to reconsider the decision," Jokowi said at a press conference at the Bogor Palace on Thursday (7/12/2017).

"Such unilateral confession violates various Security Council resolutions and the United Nations General Assembly that the United States is a permanent member of which can condemn the stability of world security," added the Head of State.

(Also read: Trump Acknowledges Israel's Sovereignty with the Capital of Jerusalem)

Jokowi said he and the people of Indonesia remain consistent with the Palestinian people in fighting for their independence and rights according to the 1945 Constitution.

In recent days, the government has been communicating with countries belonging to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The Government urges the OIC to immediately hold a special session of this unilateral recognition at the first opportunity.

The Government of Indonesia also requested the United Nations to meet immediately and address the unilateral US recognition.

"I ordered the Foreign Minister to call the US Ambassador to directly convey the attitude of the Government of Indonesia," said Jokowi.

(Also read: Trump's decision on Jerusalem to anger the leaders of the State)In this press conference, Jokowi was accompanied by a number of cabinet ministers, including Deputy Foreign Minister AM Fachir, Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto, and Minister of Communication and Informatics Rudiantara. In addition, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, and Special Staff of the President of Communication Field Johan Budi.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said that Indonesia strongly condemns the US recognition.

(read: Wear Palestinian Scarves, Foreign Minister Retno Sebut Indonesia Criticizes US Recognition of Jerusalem)

The statement was presented by Retno in his address to the 10th Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) in Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE), BSD City, Serpong, Tangerang, Banten, on Thursday.

"President of the United States Donald Trump has announced the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel." Indonesia condemns this recognition, "Retno said.

Retno asserted, as a democracy, the US should know what the word democracy means.

He showed the Palestinian scarf worn around his neck as a form of Indonesian support and commitment to the country.

Retno added that Indonesia will always be together with the Palestinian people to support the rights of those who have been taken away by many Israelis.

"I stand here, wearing a Palestinian scarf to demonstrate Indonesia's strong commitment, to show the strong commitment of the Indonesian people, to always be with the Palestinian people, for their rights," Retno said.

Donald Trump recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday (6/12/2017) local time.

"Israel is a sovereign country with a right like every other sovereign state to determine its own capital," Trump said in a speech at the White House.The US government also began processing the transfer of US embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

This action is one of the fulfillment of his campaign promises to the voters.

"This recognition is an important fact to achieve peace," he added

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