Indonesia's FM Summons US Ambassador On President Trump's Statement

Indonesia President Joko Widodo

Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, leader of the world's largest Muslim-majority nation, on Thursday condemned the USA decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said democracy means respecting global law.

Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi again summoned US Ambassador Joseph Donovan regarding President Trump's official statement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Indonesian news agency Antara reported.

"Trump is drawing the ire of Muslims around the world", MUI Vice Chairman Zainut Tauhid said. "We urge the U.S.to reconsider the decision", Widodo said in a speech Thursday morning.

Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - now occupied by Israel - might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state. "Recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is not a recognition of the reality on the ground; it is an expression of support for Israeli policy, much of which is in contravention of worldwide law". "It is shaped by our views and interests, and not determined by any third country".

Support also came from Tunisian Foreign Affairs Minister Khemaies Jhianoul, who presented at the forum.

Indonesia asserts that such action has violated the UN Security Council resolutions and would jeopardise the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.

In an address from the Bogor presidential palace, the leader commonly known as Jokowi said the move announced by President Donald Trump threatens the stability of the region.

The announcement went further than previous U.S. administrations were willing to go following passage of a law in the U.S.in 1995 calling for the U.S. Embassy in Israel to be moved inland from the Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Indonesia is a relentless supporter to Palestine, repeatedly called for the two-state solution that allows the two states of Palestine and Israel to live together side by side in peace and harmony, Marsudi said.

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