US Issues Security Message For Citizens In Indonesia After Recognition Of Jerusalem As Israeli Capital

Last update: 07/12/2017

JAKARTA, Dec 7 (Bernama) -- US Embassy to Indonesia on Thursday published a security message for its citizens following the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

The recognition may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violence, according to a statement from the embassy.

"The US Embassy in Jakarta reminds US citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security," the statement said.

The message asks the US citizen to review their personal security plans, remain aware of their surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news for updates.

"Maintain a high-level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities. Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests of demonstrations," it said.

The US government announced Wednesday that it recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Indonesia strongly condemned the decision and asked the US government to reconsider it.