Jakarta: Indonesia appealed to the international community to oppose Israel's planned annexation of Palestinian territories since it endangers the stability and security of the region and deviates from a two-state solution to end the prolonged conflict.
"On several occasions, Indonesia, as emphasized by Foreign Minister (Retno Marsudi), has strongly condemned and rejected Israel's plan to annex the West Bank in the Palestinian territories," Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Teuku Faizasyah, stated during a virtual press conference here on Wednesday.
Foreign Minister Marsudi also sent letters to 30 nations in a bid to draw their attention to take a stand and reject the Palestinian annexation plan.
Five or six foreign ministers have responded to Indonesia's initiative to reject the annexation plan that is against various UN resolutions and international laws, according to the ministry's Middle East Director Achmad Rizal Purnama.
"The foreign minister (Marsudi) has invited these countries to prevent the annexation, and if it happens, how that action can be responded to in accordance with the international law," Purnama remarked.
On Wednesday at around 6 p.m. Western Indonesian Standard Time (WIB), Foreign Minister Marsudi will also partake in a virtual meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries to discuss Israel's plan to annex the Palestinian territories. Discussions at the meeting will center on the current situation in Palestine, specifically Israel's plan to annex parts of the West Bank, Palestine, after an agreement to form a coalition government between Benjamin Netanyahu and General Benny Gantz.
During the meeting, Foreign Minister Marsudi will express the Indonesian government's views on the issue in addition to proposals on concrete steps that the OIC should contemplate on to avert Israel’s planned annexation.
The OIC foreign ministers are expected to issue a resolution at the end of the meeting.
The resolution will encompass lending encouragement to all OIC member states to take political, legal, and economic steps in response to Israel's planned annexation of Palestinian territories.
Indonesia, a firm supporter of Palestine's struggle for independence, has no diplomatic ties with Israel as Indonesia's Constitution has highlighted the nation's anti-colonialism policy. (antara)