20 November 2023 22:47 WIB
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated on Monday, November 20, 2023, that the US President Joe Biden did not explicitly respond to Indonesia's call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, Palestine.
The two leaders held a meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C., on November 13, 2023, ahead of their participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in San Francisco, California.
"On those two occasions, I directly emphasized the urgency of an immediate ceasefire to end the atrocities occurring in Gaza," he remarked after dispatching the second batch of Indonesia's humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza, at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base in Jakarta.
He said that Indonesia, as one of the countries with foreign ministers mandated by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to fight for peace in Palestine, had also urged for stopping hostilities and ensuring the safe and unhindered distribution of humanitarian assistance to the besieged enclave.
Despite Biden not directly responding to the recommendations he made, Jokowi said he is optimistic that the US leader would take the recommendations into account in formulating policies to respond to the Palestine-Israel issues.
"I believe they (the US government) will note what we have conveyed," he stated.
The Biden administration has been supporting Israel in its assaults in Gaza that were launched as a retaliation to the attacks executed by Palestinian Hamas on October 7, 2023.
He ensured that the US would make utmost efforts to free hostages held in Gaza.
Biden, however, noted that the efforts might not necessarily entail the deployment of the US troops to the war zone.
He also conveyed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the two-state solution was the only way out for Palestine and Israel from their continuous conflicts, adding that Israel's attempts to occupy Gaza would be "a big mistake."
Following the event on October 7, Israeli forces have been bombarding the Gaza Strip, leading to the deaths of over 12,000 Palestinians, including 8,300 women and children. The aggression has also caused injuries to around 30,000 people.
Thousands of structures, including hospitals, mosques, and churches, suffered damages and destruction.
Moreover, Israeli forces have imposed a strict blockade in Gaza, denying its people rights to access basic necessities, such as water, electricity, and fuel.
Meanwhile, the conflict has claimed around 1,200 lives on Israel's side.
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