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Foreign Minister meets Indonesian counterpart at UN
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Foreign Minister meets Indonesian counterpart at UN

NEW YORK, Saturday, May 11, 2019 (WAFA) - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad Malki met at the headquarters of the Indonesian mission to the United Nations in New York City Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, where he briefed her on the latest developments in the Palestinian situation.

Malki stressed in the meeting the Palestinian leadership’s rejection of the so-called deal of the century, which he said aims to undermine any opportunity for the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

He said the deal topples United Nations resolutions and international law, and that any plan or deal that does not recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine is doomed to failure and will be rejected in total.

He pointed to the Palestinian diplomatic moves in confronting the deal of the century and the coordination with the Arab and Islamic states and the European Union in order to have an international reaction and pressure from most of the world on the American administration to respect the rights of the Palestinian people and the criteria set by international agreements and resolutions regarding the two-state solution on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine.

Malki referred to President Mahmoud Abbas' peace plan, which came in his speech at the UN Security Council on February 20 of last year, as the base for any future negotiating process. In this regard, Malki delivered a letter to Marsudi from President Mahmoud Abbas addressed to his counterpart the Indonesian president.

The Foreign Minister also talked about the Israeli government's decision to rob the Palestinian tax funds under various pretexts, stressing the position of the Palestinian leadership, which refuses to receive the funds if incomplete since this money is a legitimate right of the Palestinian people, warning of the seriousness of the deterioration of economic conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory as a result of Israeli policies.

On the bilateral relations, Malki welcomed the firm stand of Indonesia, its people and leadership with the Palestinian people and their leadership in dealing with attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause and in the face of the so-called deal of the century. The two sides also discussed ways to strengthen this relationship and build on it, especially during the coming period, beginning with the Islamic summit planned to be held in late May in Mecca.

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