Jakarta: In response to rumors spread by the Israeli media, that Jakarta is seeking to normalize diplomatic ties with the Tel Aviv regime, Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah denied Israeli media claims.
Various Israeli media outlets, announced last Monday that Indonesia and Oman are likely to be the next countries to normalize relations with Israel.
“There are two things that I would like to say. First, the Foreign Affairs Ministry has never been in contact with Israel. Secondly, when it comes to running foreign policy, the Foreign Affairs Ministry is still consistent with Palestine in accordance with the mandate of the constitution,” Teuku said in Jakarta on Monday.
Indonesia has long been a staunch supporter of the Palestinian cause and statehood and has refused to communicate with Israel, he added.
The Jerusalem Post newspaper had quoted by diplomatic sources that Oman and Indonesia may be the next two countries that will establish diplomatic relations with the occupation state in the coming weeks.
“Discussions have developed with Indonesia, and the normalization relations with Israel may be announced before the US President Donald Trump leaves the White House on January 20,” The Jerusalem Post claimed.
Indonesia often reiterates its support for Palestine during international meetings.
At the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in September, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo expressed Indonesia’s unceasing support for Palestine. The president highlighted how Palestine is the only participant of the 1955 Bandung Conference — a world summit on world peace attended by 29 Asian and African nations — who have not reached independence.
In June, Indonesia, along with Tunisia and South Africa, initiated a ministerial-level UN Security Council meeting to discuss Israel’s annexation plan over the West Bank. At the meeting, Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi called the international community to oppose Israel’s plan as it violates the international laws and threatens the future of the Palestinian people.