Asian leaders slam Trump's OK of Jerusalem as Israel capital

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday regrets the USA decision to move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, acknowledging the contested city as the Israeli capital.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said democracy means respecting global law.

The minister said she had coordinated with her counterparts in OIC member countries, adding that all of them rejected the recognition of U.S. President Donald Trump over Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. "And we urge the United Nations to convene a meeting to respond to the unilateral decision of the U.S".


Wearing a traditional Palestinian scarf while delivering the speech, Retno emphasized that Indonesia and its people would always be committed to the Palestinian people.

"Trump is drawing the ire of Muslims around the world", MUI Vice Chairman Zainut Tauhid said.

Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - now occupied by Israel - might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.


Pakistan also chimed in, releasing a statement from the prime minister's office saying, "It is deeply regrettable that pleas from states across the globe not to alter the legal and historical status of Al-Quds Al Sharif have been ignored, more out of choice than necessity", using the Arabic name for Jerusalem.

Ambassador Donovan arrived at the Indonesia Conference and Exhibition Building (ICE) Serpong, Banten on Thursday at 7 pm on the sidelines of the 10th Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) to meet the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs' call.

Indonesia's position firmly rejects and condemns the action taken by the United States that moves its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem which means recognising the holy city as the capital of Israel.


Barack Obama, Trump's predecessor, called Jerusalem Israel's capital in a campaign speech, but upon winning the White House followed the example of earlier presidents by signing a waiver postponing official recognition.

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