Israel denies Indonesian FM entry into Ramallah
The Indonesian minister was scheduled to inaugurate the first Indonesian consulate in the Palestinian territories.
Israel denied an entry permit to the Foreign Minister of Indonesia Retno Marsudi, a move which prevented her from meeting with her Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Malki in Ramallah as planned on Sunday.
The Indonesian minister was also scheduled to inaugurate the first honorary Indonesian consulate in the Palestinian territories.
Israel refused to grant Marsudi an entry visa from Jordan to the West Bank, because the Indonesian Foreign Minister had no plans to also meet with Israeli officials.
Israel and Indonesia do not have formal diplomatic ties.
Instead Malki traveled to Jordan to meet with Marsudi, according to sources in the PA Foreign Ministry.
The sources said that Malki decided to go to Amman “out of appreciation for the historic and special ties between the State of Palestine and Indonesia.”
The sources pointed out that Indonesia has been very supportive of Palestinian issues, especially in international forums.
Indonesia has long supported Palestinian self-determination outside the context of the two-state solution and first recognized Palestine as a state in 1988.
Both former PA chairman Yasser Arafat and
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