Indonesian President Condemns Trump's Jerusalem Declaration

Indonesia supports Palestinian people's struggle, legitimate rights

Trump said the U.S. will move its embassy in Israel from its current capital Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as soon as possible. The US' policy could disturb world peace, as it has already triggered strong reactions from Gulf countries, Palestine, and several European countries that did not want a new chaos in Jerusalem, he said here on Thursday.

Separately, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) on Thursday also strongly rejected the move to acknowledge Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and the USA government's plans to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, leader of the world's largest Muslim-majority nation, on Thursday condemned the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

In special remarks at the Bogor palace, on the outskirts of capital Jakarta, Widodo requested United States to reconsider the decision and urged the United Nations to step in as the unilateral decision could "disturb world peace".

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According to Jokowi, the government of Indonesia acted quickly on the issue by calling up OIC member states to organize an emergency meeting to discuss it.

The Indonesian president also reaffirmed Indonesia's support for Palestinian independence.

"Indonesia strongly condemns the one-sided claim made by the U.S.in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital city".

The president revealed that he has urged Foreign Minister, Retno Marsudi, to call the USA ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph Donovan, to convey Indonesia's stance. Democracy means respecting worldwide laws. "Thus, the recognition disrespects various resolutions of the UN Security Council", she pointed out.

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