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Sun, 10/15/2023 - 06:27
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Israel-Palestine conflict worsens global crisis: Jokowi

Jakarta, October 15 (ANTARA) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated that the war that has erupted again between Israel and Palestine is worsening the world situation, which is currently facing food and energy crises.

"Do not think such wars do not affect us. They, in fact, really affect us," he highlighted at the National Working Meeting VI of Projo Volunteers at Indonesia Arena, Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex, here on Saturday.

Projo is an organization of Joko Widodo's supporters.

After the food crisis triggered by the Russia-Ukraine war, he warned that the Israel-Palestine war has the potential to cause an energy crisis, with an increase in gasoline fuel prices throughout the world.

"I do not mean to scare people, but it could happen because if the war does not end, global fuel prices will definitely rise," he remarked.

Jokowi further noted that apart from the two problems, the world is facing the big challenge of climate change, whose impact has been felt by humans in various parts of the world.

"For the past three to four months, scorching hot weather occurred throughout the world, including for us, who are affected by El Nino. (It is) not only causing hot weather but it also affected our food production," he stated.

Jokowi, who earlier, on October 11, opened the 1st High-Level Meeting of the Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum, stated that small archipelagic and island countries are those that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

"This is what we must address, meaning that it will not only be energy and food problems, but because of climate change, the existing small islands could also sink due to rising sea levels," he stated.

Considering the global challenges that are increasingly more complex, he emphasized that Indonesia's next leader must have a clear tactical vision, the courage to take risks, and the courage to face pressure from other countries.