Yudhoyono To Meet With Palestinian Leader Next Month

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is slated to meet Indonesia's leader in Jordan early next month as part of efforts to strengthen ties with the world's most populous Muslim nation, a Palestinian diplomat said Sunday.

Yudhoyono To Meet With Palestinian Leader Next Month

JAKARTA (AP): Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is slated to meet Indonesia's leader in Jordan early next month as part of efforts to strengthen ties with the world's most populous Muslim nation, a Palestinian diplomat said Sunday. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's spokesman Dino Patti Djalal would not confirm details of the visit, but said earlier that Abbas wrote a letter seeking Indonesia's help in convincing the West to continue aid to his Hamas-led government. Yudhoyono responded favorably, saying he would do what he could to help, Djalal said.

Indonesia, which has long supported Palestinian independence efforts, has expressed support for Hamas' electoral victory and said last month it was considering opening a diplomatic mission in the West Bank town of Ramallah. But the United States, the European Union and others -- who have frozen financial assistance to the Palestinian government since Hamas took power last month -- see Indonesia as a close and important ally in the war on terror. It has more Muslims than any other country in the world, some 190 million, most of whom practice a moderate form of the faith.

It has arrested hundreds of Islamic militants in recent years. The Palestinian Embassy's charge d'affairs in Indonesia, Nasser Abdul Wahab, said Yudhoyono, who is touring the Middle East next week, had agreed to meet Abbas in Amman, Jordan "to inject more energy in bilateral relations." He also would discuss Indonesia's support for the Palestinian cause, he said. Yudhoyono's spokesman Djalal said Indonesia was considering boosting ties with the Palestinian private sector. "Maybe after the two leaders meet, we will know how we can help," he said. Yudhoyono is officially scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and United Arab Emirates from April 25 to May 2. He is expected to be in Amman on May 3, according to a member of the presidential entourage.

The Jakarta Post

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