Amman: The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Retno Marsudi, and the Commissioner-General of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Pierre Krahenbuhl, have signed the submission agreement on Indonesia Humanitarian Contribution for ex-Gazan Palestine refugees in Jerash Camp in Jordan in amount of US$ 1 million.
"The Indonesia humanitarian contribution is provided for food and healthcare of the refugees," the Foreign Ministry said in a press release received by Medcom.id.
In the meeting with the UNRWA Commissioner-General, the foreign minister stated that the contribution is given to express the feeling of togetherness and commitment of Indonesia who will keep supporting Palestinians. The Minister then reaffirmed that the Palestine issue remains in the heart of Indonesia foreign politics and takes the Indonesian people’s attention and concern.
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The foreign minister also gave an appreciation for UNRWA’s participation in the Solidarity Week for Palestine event held by Indonesian government and society in Bandung and Jakarta in October, 2018, in which Foreign Minister of Palestine, Riyad Malki, was also present.
During the Solidarity Week, UNRWA held meeting with various stakeholders in Indonesia in order to promote humanitarian fundraising for Palestine refugees.
In early 2018, UNRWA reported its funding crisis of over USD 446 million. In 2019, the UNRWA fund deficit to afford its programs is estimated to reach USD 211 million.
Indonesia will always give its full support for Palestinians in forms of financial aid and capacity building programs.
In a bilateral meeting with her Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi, 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.
Besides the issue of Palestine, the foreign ministers also talked about the development of situation in Rakhine State. She explained about some attempts that have been conducted by Indonesia and ASEAN. She expressed her expectation of Jordan’s supports for the efforts.
Minister Retno also expressed her expectation of Jordan’s supports for Indonesia’s candidacy as a Member of UN Human Rights Council for the period of 2020-2022.