Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Monday that the world’s most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia will always recognise Palestine as an independent state.
“Even though Palestine’s efforts for independence are ongoing, Indonesia considers Palestine a country that has declared its independence,” President Widodo said in his speech.
Indonesia is hosting high-ranking officials from 57 countries -particularly Muslim countries- in capital Jakarta for an extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation that is focused on Palestine and Jerusalem.
Indonesia does not recognise Israel as a state.
Since last October, a rise in Palestinian frustration has been attributed to the insistence of extremist Jewish settlers -- often accompanied by Israeli security forces -- of forcing their way into East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque complex, Islam’s third holiest site.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas conveyed his gratitude towards countries supporting Palestine's independence during his speech at Monday’s summit, stressing that they need “international support against Israel’s unlawful sanctions.”