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Indonesia dismisses possibility of establishing ties with Israel

  • Dian Septiari
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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, December 15, 2020   /  08:59 pm
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United States President Donald Trump and Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu take part in an announcement of the US' Middle East peace plan at the White House in Washington, DC on Jan. 28.(AFP/Mandel Ngan)

Indonesia’s top diplomat has dismissed any prospect that the country has in opening diplomatic channels with Israel, despite media reports suggesting otherwise. This stance was backed up by the nation’s biggest Islamic organizations, which have voiced opposition to an idea that some officials have quietly entertained. On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi asserted that Indonesia had "no intention to open diplomatic ties with Israel", citing President Joko Widodo's latest instruction. "Indonesia will continue to exercise support for Palestinian independence based on the two-state solution and other agreed international parameters," Retno told a virtual media briefing. Last week, Morocco became the fourth country in the Arab League to recognize Israel since August, in a flurry of diplomatic deals brokered by the government of outgoing ...