Indonesia Strongly Condemns US Decision To Open Embassy In Jerussalem

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JAKARTA, May 15 (Antara) - The Government of Indonesia has strongly condemned the illegal decision by the US Administration to open its embassy in Jerusalem.

"Indonesia strongly condemns the US policy to open its embassy in Jerusalem," The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Monday.

The US move has violated a number of resolutions of UN Security Council and UN General Assembly as well as jeopardized the peace process in Palestine, the ministry stated.

Indonesia has urged the UN Security Council and General Assembly to hold a meeting to take firm action in addressing the US¿ unilateral move.

The Southeast Asian country has also called upon all states to refrain from supporting the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the so-called capital of Israel and not to relocate their diplomatic missions to the holy city of Muslims, Christians, and Jews.

"The Government and people of Indonesia will remain with the Palestinian people in fighting for their freedom and rights," it stated.
The United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, a move that fulfilled US President Donald Trump's pledge. The move has delighted Israel and infuriated Palestinians and drawn criticism from many foreign governments for being a setback to peace efforts.

Reuters reported that Israeli troops killed dozens of Palestinians who were taking part in mass protests on the Gaza border on Monday as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.