Amman: Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi held a bilateral meeting with her Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in Jordan's capital city of Amman on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
“Indonesia and Jordan stand in the same position for Palestine issue. Palestine issue remains in the heart of Indonesia foreign politics,” the Indonesian diplomat said in a press release on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
Retno revealed the visit to Jordan is the fourth visit within the period of 2 years. The frequent visit to Jordan indicates the good relationship between Indonesia and Jordan and there is no any issue that will potentially weigh down the bilateral relation between two countries. The good relation serves as a strong basis to improve cooperation, especially in the sector of economy.
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Within the bilateral context, the foreign ministers discussed various issues including trade, investment, and people-to-people contact.
“Economic cooperation opportunities between two countries are widely open. We need to urge the interactions between businesspersons of the countries to utilize these chances,” said Retno
Other than bilateral cooperation between the two countries, the two Foreign Ministers specifically discussed the Palestine situation. Retno introduced some efforts that have been done by Indonesia to help the struggle of Palestinians, both politically and economically, for instance by imposing zero percent tariff for some export products from Palestine to Indonesia, providing financial aid, and facilitating capacity building programs. The Minister also divulged the information about the Palestine Week held in October, 2018 in Jakarta and Bandung, that shows the strong support of Indonesian people towards the struggle of Palestine.
Before the bilateral meeting, Retno opened the “International Training of Trainers on Business Planning for Women in Refugees Camps”. Other than that, Indonesia and Palestine also signed an LoI on the submission of humanitarian assistance for Palestine, in the forms of water desalination, medicine, and medical tools supports.
“This training is a part of Indonesia’s program to support Palestinians in their battle to build the Palestine nation,” stated Retno.