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RI postpones plans for representative office

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 3 2012   /  09:20 am

The Foreign Ministry has postponed plans to open a representative office in Ramallah, Palestine, citing diplomatic reasons.

Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said that plans to open the office would be put on hold as Indonesia did not have diplomatic relations with Israel, which occupies Palestinian territory.

“We must interact with Israel, which currently occupies Palestine,” Marty told reporters in Jakarta.

“Since Indonesia has yet to recognize Israel, we must hold the [plans] because we still don’t want to open [diplomatic ties] with the occupying state. We will appoint an honorary consul there instead to represent us in Palestine. The government of Palestine understands the situation,” Marty said.

Since the inception of the Palestinian National Authority, Ramallah has been its de facto capital.

Marty added that Indonesian representatives...