Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Indonesia warns Australia over possible Jerusalem move

Indonesia warns Australia over possible Jerusalem move

But Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukito denied this, telling Reuters that there was "no such thing".

Morrison said he would ask his Cabinet to consider recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the embassy switch - a potential move welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Morrison said no decision had been made to move Australia's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but he said arguments in favour of such a move were "persuasive".

But Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said the government questions the merits of Morrison's announcement and has conveyed its "strong concern".

"We will continue to strengthen ties between", he said in the Tweet. Palestinians also lay claim to Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.

The pair had over the weekend launched the Solidarity Week for Palestine event in Jakarta, to signal Indonesia's longstanding commitment to the Palestinian cause.

Mr Sharma, a former ambassador to Israel, has argued that accepting West Jerusalem as part of Israel does not threaten any resolution of the dispute under a two-state solution as it is a geographical reality.

'Foreign policy, and Australia's national interest are far too important to be played with in this fashion, ' Senator Wong said.

We thank the Prime Minister on behalf of the community we represent for his moral clarity on these issues.

"It was a surprise for all of us ... they can't understand this, especially with the trade and good relationship with Australia". "I hope Australia would reconsider that position before taking action".

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"And Australia is a sovereign nation".

Talks on the Indonesia-Australia agreement kicked off in 2010, but diplomatic spats over the years - including disagreement over the execution of Australian citizens, and tensions over Australia sending boats of asylum seekers back into Indonesian waters - have stalled negotiations.

Mr Morrison confirmed he had also ordered a review into Australia's involvement in the nuclear deal with Iran, again bringing Australian foreign policy closer to that of President Trump.

Representatives from 13 Middle Eastern and North African embassies in Australia have slammed the move as a "fatal mistake" that could result in a breakdown in economic relations with the Arab and Muslim world, the Guardian reported.

"You do not unilaterally make this decision".

It has the unintended effect of making it hard for Indonesian President Joko Widodo to pursue a positive relationship with Canberra.

"Politically, this destroys the chances of peace", Mr Shaath said. "I'm not sure to what degree the PM and the people immediately around him are focused on this issue, but they should be aware of these sensitivities".

On the same day Israeli forces shot dead 58 Palestinians protesting the move. Israel responded by imposing a brief ban on Indonesian tourists. "We do so in our own national interests consistent with our own beliefs and our own values". It has Muslims. It has tens of millions of Christians.

AIJAC's Director of International Affairs, Jeremy Jones commented "We are also very pleased to see the government reviewing its stance on United Nations voting concerning the Middle East".

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