Indonesia Concerned Over Plight Of Palestinians

MEDAN (North Sumatra) July 16 (Bernama) - Indonesia is concerned about the fate of Palestinians and has donated US$1 million (RM3.19 million) to the Palestinian cause, Indonesia's ANTARA news agency reports.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesia had continued to communicate with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, US President Barack Obama and United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon on the issue.

"Indonesian diplomacy is unequivocally focused on ending Israel's attacks on Palestinians, Indonesia's initiative in bringing the issue to the UN has received a positive response," he said in a speech before breaking fast at the North Sumatra governor's residence on Tuesday.

"This (Palestinian issue) has deeply saddened Muslims especially the violence that occurred during Ramadan," he said.

Susilo said that despite reports the Israeli government had agreed to a ceasefire, Indonesia continues to take diplomatic efforts and expressed hope that crimes against Palestinians could end soon.

"We are grateful that this country can worship safely and quietly," the Indonesian President said.


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