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Jakarta Post

Indonesia's ingrained interest in Syria

  • AM Sidqi
    AM Sidqi

    Indonesian diplomat currently posted at the Indonesian Embassy in Bern

Bern   /   Thu, April 19, 2018   /  03:13 pm
Indonesia's ingrained interest in Syria Smoke billows following Syrian government bombardments on Kafr Batna, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on Feb. 22, 2018. (Agence France -Presse/Amer Almohibany)

After seven years, the conflict in Syria has remained unabated. The recent alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian army on civilians in the countryside of rebel-held Damascus has not only triggered an air strike by the United States and its allies but also tension between the US and Russia. 

On April 7, a mortar rocket hit an empty building of the Malaysian Embassy in Damascus, which is next to the Indonesian Embassy. A mortar also struck a building next to the Indonesian Embassy in early 2015.

Since the early stages of the Syrian conflict in 2011, while most countries have closed their embassies in Damascus in a show of protest against the Syrian government, Indonesia has maintained its diplomatic mission there and even opened new consular offices in Latakia and Aleppo in 2012. 

Thus, during the Syrian civil conflict, the Indo...

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