Indonesia president calls on Muslim world to unite on Palestine
March 7, Jakarta: Officials from 57 countries are meeting in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Monday for a special summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation that is focused on Palestine and Jerusalem.
Addressing the opening remarks in the summit, president of Indonesia Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has urged the Muslim nations to be part of the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rather than part of the problem.
President Jokowi said that the entire world is concerned by the deterioration of the situation in Palestine and criticized what he called Israel's "unilateral and illegal policies." He heads the most populous Muslim nation.
The Middle East quartet and permanent members of the U.N. Security Council are also represented.
Jokowi said "The OIC should be part of the solution, and not part of the problem.” He said, "If the OIC cannot be part of the solution to Palestine, then the OIC becomes irrelevant."
Israel said a recent surge in violence is a result of a Palestinian campaign of lies and incitement. Palestinians say it stems from frustration at nearly five decades of Israeli military rule.
Among the leaders at the Jakarta meeting is Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes allegations linked to the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region.
The Oslo Times