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September

Director of Broadcasting of Indonesian Asian Para Games Committee (INAPGOC) Marco Yakub in a press conference in Jakarta on Monday (9/24) stated Televisi Republik Indonesia (TVRI) and Metro TV are the official televisions from Indonesia to broadcast the 2018 Asian Para Games. TVRI is chosen to represent public television while Metro TV is a representative of private television. Marco also stressed that his party would limit access to cover the 2018 Asian Para Games for media of non broadcast rights holders. The step was taken based on the rules of the Asian Paralympic Committee. Marco also explained that his party would provide special zones for the media of non-right holders.

 

"Regulations from the APC, that the broadcast rights of course get all access from the broadcasting of Asian Para Games, while the non right holders will have regulations, for example, later there will be zones for the camera," said Marco Yakub.

The Asian Para Games will take place in Jakarta from 6 to 13 October 2018. There are 18 sports contested and seven of them, athletics, badminton, swimming, weight lifting, wheelchair basketball, table tennis, and track number cycling must be aired on television broadcasting the 2018 Asian Para Games. Until now, there have already been several foreign television stations confirmed to broadcast the 2018 Asian Para Games, including NHK (Japan), SSS (Thailand), National Geographic, Qazsport (Kazakhstan). Meanwhile, KBS (Korea) and CCTV (China) are still in the process of discussion. Eleven other sports branches, namely archery, boccia, chess, goalball, judo, lawn bowl, shooting, tenpin bowling, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair fencing are broadcast according to the policies of each television station. (VOI/Rezha/AHM)

25
September

Chairman of the Indonesian-Palestinian Friendship Initiative Din Syamsudin at a press conference in Jakarta on Monday (24/9) called for all Indonesian elements to give support to Palestine. The support is given especially to President Mahmoud Abbas who will deliver his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday (27/9). This support is very important considering that Palestine is currently under pressure and conspiracy from the United States under President Donald Trump's administration. President Donald Trump with some of his controversial policies is considered to hinder efforts of realization for Palestinian peace and independence.

 

"I invite all of us and all elements of the Indonesian nation to support President Mahmoud Abbas who will address in the upcoming UN general assembly on September 27. Hopefully President Mahmoud Abbas is always confident on his steps and continues to fight, so that Palestinian independence can be achieved. In our opinion, what has  happened in Palestine is a global injustice," Din Syamsudin said.

Din Syamsuddin moreover said that Indonesia will continue to urge the United Nations especially through the next General Assemby, so as peace process between Israel and Palestine including the issue of the transfer of Israeli capital from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, will run smoothly without interference from other countries. Din Syamsuddin said the interference of other sides will impede the peace process and will disturb the people’s life in the world. On the same occasion, the Director of Middle East Affairs, Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sunarko said that Indonesia would continue to fight for Palestine in foreign politic. Indonesia will continue to assist Palestine through various channels, including diplomatic, economic and capacity building. (VOI/Rezha/Trs.N/AHM)

25
September

Japan and ASEAN commemorate the 45th partnership and relationship this year. Japan is one of ASEAN partners in addition to China and South Korea. On the sidelines of the celebration of the 45th Japan-ASEAN friendship in Jakarta on Monday (24/9), the Japanese Ambassador to ASEAN, Kazuo Sunaga, said that ASEAN-Japan cooperation in the economic sector runs well. It can be seen from numbers of Japanese companies invested in the ASEAN region.

"As you see in Jakarta and the other ASEAN member states, there are many Japanese companies operating. They are very successful. So now I want to add a bit more, people to people exchanges. The number of Indonesians going to Japan is increasing. I want to encourage more people in ASEAN going to Japan as tourists, students and business as well. On the other hand I want to encourage the Japanese people to come to ASEAN more," Kazuo said.

Kazuo moreover said the organizing of the ASEAN Summit in Singapore in November will also be coupled with the peak celebration of the 45th ASEAN-Japan friendship and cooperation. According to Kazuo, the meeting was politically important, because it would be attended directly by the Japanese prime minister, Sinzho Abe and heads of ASEAN member countries. The 45th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan partnership was enlivened with an introduction and promotion of Japanese culinaries. The activity was also attended by ambassadors of ASEAN member countries. (VOI/Retno/Trs.N/AHM)

25
September

The Palestinian government in collaboration with the Indonesian Government plans to hold a solidarity event to garner support for efforts to fully realize Palestinian peace and independence. In addition the event was also held to strengthen the relationship of brotherhood and friendship between the two countries that have been established for decades. The solidarity program is scheduled be held in Jakarta in October 2018. Palestinian Ambassador to Indonesia Zuhair Al Shun at a press conference in Jakarta on Monday (9/24) said Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki is scheduled to attend the solidarity event.

"As we would like to also say that we once again thank the Government of Indonesia for all forms of encouragement and assistance and also we would like to say that next month, the Government of Indonesia in collaboration with the Palestinian Government will hold a solidarity event or an event related to Palestine which will be attended by delegation from Palestine, the Palestinian Foreign Minister," said Zuhair Al Shun.

Furthermore Ambassador Zuhair Al Shun said that in November, Indonesia and Palestine will also sign an agreement on arts and culture cooperation. So far Indonesia and Palestine have established several bilateral cooperation. The collaboration aims to rebuild the Palestinian economy by means of trade. This was marked by the MoU in the Implementing Arrangement (IA) on the granting of the preference for the elimination of 0 percent import duty rates for Palestinian products. (VOI/Rezha/AHM)

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