President Jokowi Issues Statement with Six Proposals at OIC Extraordinary Summit

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation
Date 13 Desember 2017
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President Jokowi attends a joint photo session at the OIC Extraordinary Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday (13/12). (Photo: BPMI)

President Jokowi attends a joint photo session at the OIC Extraordinary Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday (13/12). (Photo: BPMI)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo firmly rejected U.S. President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital during a speech at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Extraordinary Summit in Istanbul, Turkey (13/12). “This is unacceptable. Once again, President Trump’s move is unacceptable and must be strongly criticized,” President Jokowi firmly said.

To that end, the President invited all OIC member countries to unite and put aside all the differences to defend Palestine. “The issue of Palestine should bring us back together. We unify the voice to defend Palestine,” the President said.

President Jokowi said President Trump’s move not only hurts Muslims, but also hurts the sense of justice of mankind. “Hope for independence is shunned by this very unjust decision. Such decision diminishes the hope of a lasting peace. Therefore, the decision must be rejected,” the President said.

In addition, according to the President, the unilateral decision is also considered to violate various U.N. Security Council Resolution related to Palestine. Therefore, the President insists the decision be rejected. “The people of Indonesia, and I’m sure the OIC people expect a lot from this Summit. They hope that this Summit can produce optimal, actionable results that can impact the future of Palestine,” the President asserted.

On the occasion, President Jokowi also conveyed six important points of the proposed attitude of OIC member states.

First, the OIC must expressly reject the unilateral recognition. Two-state solution is the only solution with East Jerusalem as the capital city of Palestine.

Second, the President invites all countries that have the Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, not to follow the decision of the United States to move their embassies to Jerusalem.

Third, the OIC can serve as a motor to mobilize supports from countries that have not yet recognized the Palestinian independence, then recognize it immediately.

Fourth, the OIC member countries that have relations with Israel take diplomatic measures, including the possibility of reviewing relations with Israel in accordance with various OIC Resolutions.

Fifth, OIC member countries should take steps together to increase humanitarian aid, capacity building, and economic cooperation to the Palestinians.

Sixth, the President hopes the OIC should be able to become a motor for the movement in various international and multilateral forums to support the Palestinians, including in the U.N. Security Council and the U.N. General Assembly. (Bureau for Protocol, Media, and Information of the Presidential Secretariat/ EN) (MUR/YM/Naster).

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