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Jakarta Post

SBY to meet Palestinian PM

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 28, 2014   /  12:55 pm

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to receive Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Friday afternoon.

Hamdallah is expected to arrive at the palace at 3:30 p.m. local time for a tete-a-tete, which will be followed by a bilateral meeting between the two countries' delegations.

Hamdallah is in Jakarta for an official visit and to participate in the second conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD II), according to Antara news agency.

Presidential special staff for international affairs Teuku Faizasyah said earlier this would be Hamdallah's first visit to Indonesia since he became prime minister in June 2013.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has visited Jakarta twice, in October 2007 and May 2010.

In the meeting with Hamdallah, Yudhoyono will reaffirm Indonesia's full commitment to supporting the independence and sovereignty of Palestine, Faizasyah said.

During his first day in Jakarta, the Prime Minister is also scheduled to attend Friday prayers at the Istiqlal Grand Mosque, pay homage to the Kalibata heroes' cemetery, and attend a state banquet to be hosted by the Indonesian President.

Palestinian Ambassador to Indonesia Fariz Mehdawi informed Antara at his office recently that Hamdallah will lead the Palestinian government delegation that includes the foreign minister, the minister of economy, the minister of planning and administrative development, and other advisers.

Hamdallah and Yudhoyono are expected to discuss and exchange views on the current situation in Palestine and other relevant topics concerning the peace efforts.

The bilateral cooperation will form the center of the talks and several memorandums of understanding (MoU) between the two countries may be signed.