JAKARTA, Oct.16 (JDN.id) – Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi questioned Australia’s consideration to move its embassy in Israel from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem as stated by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday.
“We monitor closely the statement made by Australian PM regarding the issue of Palestine this morning. Indonesia is concerned about this and is questioning the purpose of the statement,” Marsudi said on Tuesday.
Indonesia’s stance towards the issue of Palestine is firm which is admitting a two-state solution as the basic principle to maintain sustainable peace between Israel and Palestine, she said.
On Tuesday morning, PM Morrison said he is “open-minded” to proposals to recognise Jerusalem as Israel capital city and consider to move the country’s embassy from currently in Tel-Aviv for the admitted.
“We’re committed to a two-state solution, but frankly it hasn’t been going that well, not a lot of progress has been made, and you don’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results,” Morrison said as quoted by Aljazeera.com.
Jerusalem issue is among six issues that need to be negotiated for a comprehensive peace. It is in line with the agreement made at the level of the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly, Marsudi explained.
“Therefore, Indonesia has urged Australia and other countries to keep supporting Israel-Palestine peace process…and do not take any measure that can harm the process,” she added.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a positive response on Australia’s plan.
“I spoke today with Australian PM @ScottMorrisonMP. He informed me that he is considering officially recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel & moving the Australian embassy to Jerusalem. I’m very thankful to him for this. We will continue to strengthen ties between 🇮🇱 & 🇦🇺!” Netanyahu twitted on Tuesday.
Earlier in June, US President Donald Trump has said that his country will recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move its embassy to the contested city.
Indonesia keeps supporting the independence of Palestine as it is mandatory in the country’s Constitution 1945.
On Saturday last week, Foreign Minister Marsudi has inaugurated Palestinian walk in Bandung, West Java and attended a car-free day event on Sunday in Jakarta themed ‘Solidarity for Palestine’.