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Indonesia Ready to Deploy Peacekeeping Forces to Gaza


Sat 01 Jun 2024 | 10:06 PM
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Indonesia has announced its readiness to send peacekeeping forces to Gaza to enforce a ceasefire if necessary.

This statement was made by the newly elected Indonesian President Prabowo Subianto during the Shangri-La Dialogue, the premier Asian security summit held in Singapore.

Prabowo praised US President Joe Biden's three-phase proposal for a ceasefire in Gaza, calling it a step in the right direction.

He emphasized that Indonesia is prepared to deploy substantial peacekeeping forces to maintain and monitor the anticipated ceasefire and to ensure the protection and security of all parties involved.

The 72-year-old former special forces general, who is also Indonesia's current defense minister, is set to begin his presidency of the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation in October.

Prabowo indicated that outgoing President Joko Widodo had directed him to declare Indonesia’s readiness to evacuate, receive, and provide medical care for up to 1,000 patients from Gaza.

The Indonesian hospital in Gaza, managed by an Indonesian NGO, was closed in November due to ongoing conflict.

Prabowo underscored the need for a comprehensive investigation into the humanitarian disaster in Rafah, Gaza, and called for a just resolution to the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.

He stressed that while Israel's right to exist must be acknowledged, the Palestinian people also have the right to their homeland and to live in peace.

Separately, President Joko Widodo condemned the Israeli attack on Rafah and urged Israel to comply with International Court of Justice orders.

Speaking to reporters, he asserted that Israel must adhere to international court mandates, including halting aggressive actions against Palestine