Govt Sends Humanitarian Aids to Rohingya
President Joko Jokowi Widodo on Thursday (29/12) sent off humanitarian assistance for Rakhine State, Myanmar, particularly for Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority.
The assistance to be shipped via Dock III of Tanjung Priok Seaport consists of 10 containers filled with instant noodles, baby food such as wheat and cereal grains, as well as sarong. Those goods are what Myanmar has requested based on communications between Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and the Government of Myanmar, President Jokowi said in his remarks.
The President asserted that Indonesia has played its part with the diplomacy. Indonesia has also proved its concern without any commotion and it’s not going to be through megaphone diplomacy, the President said.
Previously on 6 December 2016, President Jokowi said that he ordered Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi to meet Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi to deliver four messages on the importance of opening the doors for humanitarian aid to reach Rakhine State, the need to immediately establish stability and peace in Rakhine State, and the need to protect and respect human rights, particularly for Muslim community.
I also echoed the same voice when meeting Kofi Annan in Bali, on 9 December 2016. And, once again Retno Marsudi reiterated it in the ASEAN Foreign Ministerial Retreat Meeting in Yangon, on 19 December 2016, the President added.
President Jokowi hopes Indonesias assistance will be well-accepted and taken as a form of concern for others, and that peace, stability, and harmony in Rakhine State will be established soon.
Accompanying President Jokowi during the event were Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, President Director of PT Pelindo II Elvyn G. Masyasya, and Jakarta Police Chief. Insp. Gen. M. Iriawan. (DNA/RAH/ES) (RAS/EP/YM/Naster)