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Iranian Ambassador to Indonesia Mohammad Boroujerdi during a media briefing on the theme of International Al-Quds Day at his residence in Jakarta, Wednesday evening (4/4/2024). (ANTARA/Asri Mayang Sari)


VOInews, Jakarta: Iranian Ambassador to Indonesia Mohammad Boroujerdi appreciated the Indonesian government's firm and principled stance in supporting Palestine and condemning the crimes of the Israeli Zionist regime, especially during the last six months.

"For me as a foreign ambassador, the honorable Mr. Joko Widodo and Mrs. Retno Marsudi are two heroes who stand on the right side in the current conditions (the Israeli-Palestinian conflict)," said Ambassador Boroujerdi during a media briefing on the theme of International Al-Quds Day. at his residence in Jakarta, Wednesday (3/4) evening.

Quoted from Antaranews on Thursday (4/4), The Ambassador said that the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Indonesia, as two important Islamic countries both bilaterally and through international forums, have always supported the Palestinian struggle.

"Both countries have the same principles regarding Palestine and base their position on the full independence and liberation of Palestine," he said.

Ambassador Boroujerdi added that the brave speech of the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs in international forums and organizations such as the UN Security Council, UN General Assembly, UN Human Rights Council and International Court, shows the continuation of Indonesia's continuous support for the realization of Palestinian independence.

Since the Israeli Zionist regime launched its deadly and genocidal attack on Gaza in October 2023, more than 30,000 Gazans have lost their lives, 70 percent of whom are women and children.

"Every day the international community witnesses the murder of innocent Palestinian women and children without taking effective action to stop these heinous crimes," he said.

According to the ambassador, the lack of serious action by the international human rights community against the forced displacement, ethnic cleansing and genocide of Palestinians by the Zionist regime occurs when the Israeli regime always tries to purify its inhuman face by referring to the Holocaust.

Furthermore, Ambassador Boroujerdi said that although it took the world community seven decades to realize the true nature of the Zionist regime, it was still not too late to take global and international steps to stop the Israeli regime's crimes.

"Effective and timely action by the global and international community to stop the crimes of the Zionist regime can prevent the situation from getting worse and the coordinated action of the Islamic community in support of Palestine can have the greatest impact on the process of Palestinian independence," he said.


A picture taken from Rafah shows kites flown in the sky above the city as smoke billows during Israeli bombardment on Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on April 3, 2024, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP)



VOInews, Jakarta: The Palestinian delegation to the United Nations is pushing for a vote to be recognized as a full member state next month, Ambassador Riyad Mansour said Wednesday, a move opposed by the United States.


"We are seeking admission. That is our natural and legal right," Mansour said, adding that he was pushing for an April 18 vote at the Security Council.


"Everyone is saying 'two-state solution,' then what is the logic of denying us to become a member state?" he added.


Any request to become a UN member state must first pass a vote by the Security Council -- where Israel's ally the United States and four other countries wield vetoes -- and then be endorsed by a two-thirds majority in the General Assembly.


Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas originally launched the statehood application in 2011. It was not considered by the Security Council, but the General Assembly the following year granted a more limited observer status to the "State of Palestine."


The Palestinian Authority submitted a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asking for the Security Council to reconsider on Tuesday.


Source: AFP


People with umbrellas go down into an underground passage in Kyiv, on March 18, 2024, amid the Russian invasion in Ukraine. (Photo by Anatolii STEPANOV / AFP)


VOInews, Jakarta: The head of the EU's main leftist political grouping has said it is time to "negotiate" an end to Russia's war in Ukraine, rallying behind a controversial call by Pope Francis for Kyiv to raise the "white flag."


"I believe helping the Ukrainian people means now making attempts to end the war," said Walter Baier, the 70-year-old Austrian picked last month by the Party of the European Left as its candidate to head the next European Commission.


Baier underlined that his party -- whose 26 full members include Germany's Die Linke, France's Communists and Greece's Syriza -- had "absolutely condemned the Russian aggression" in its manifesto for June's European elections.


But in a joint interview Monday with the "European Newsroom," which brings together news agencies including AFP, he said the conflict's "frozen" fronts required a new approach.


"I would wish from the European Union... to take diplomatic efforts to start negotiations to achieve a ceasefire and to achieve the withdrawal of the Russian troops," Baier said.


"In this regard, I fully support what Pope Francis was saying. Now it's the time to end the war, and now it's the time to negotiate and stop killing," said the former head of Austria's communist party.


In an interview broadcast earlier this month, the Argentine pontiff urged Kyiv, which has been fighting invading Russian forces for more than two years, to "raise the white flag and negotiate".


The Ukrainian government reacted with fury, even while the Vatican insisted the words "white flag" were intended to mean a cessation of hostilities, not a surrender.


Analysts see no immediate prospect of negotiations to find a breakthrough in the Ukraine war, with Russia's Vladimir Putin emboldened by the erosion of Western support for Kyiv -- while Ukraine is determined to keep fighting to recapture territory.


The Party of the European Left is the larger of two leftist formations in the European Parliament -- along with Now the People whose members include Spain's Podemos and France Unbowed.


Both are part of the 37-strong group of lawmakers called The Left in the EU parliament -- where polls point to a surge by far-right movements following June's vote across the 27-nation bloc.


The EU parliament currently has 705 seats, which will increase to 720 seats after the 2024 elections.


Source: AFP


US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to the media as he tours Amkor Technology in Manila on March 19, 2024. (Photo by EVELYN HOCKSTEIN / POOL / AFP)


VOInews, Jakarta: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is due to hold talks with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos on Tuesday, as the countries seek to reinforce security and economic ties in the face of growing Chinese aggression.


Blinken's visit to Manila -- his second since Marcos took office in June 2022 -- is part of a brief Asia tour that also included South Korea.


Washington is keen to improve relations with its regional allies, such as Manila and Seoul, in a bid to deter China and North Korea as tensions rise in the South China Sea over Taiwan and on the Korean peninsula.


Blinken's trip comes ahead of a trilateral meeting in Washington next month between US President Joe Biden, Marcos and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.


Announcing the three-way summit with the Asia Pacific allies, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the leaders would push a "shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific".


During his meeting with Marcos and his Philippine counterpart Enrique Manalo on Tuesday, Blinken is expected to reaffirm the United States' security commitments to the Philippines.


"What we're trying to demonstrate... is that we are committed to the Indo-Pacific, to this region, despite everything else that's going on in the world right now," a senior State Department official told reporters on Monday.


"I would expect when we're in Manila, the main concern will obviously be China's continued destabilising actions in the South China Sea that are in contravention of international law."


Top US officials have repeatedly said that "an armed attack" against Philippine public vessels, aircraft, armed forces and coastguard would invoke the 1951 US-Philippines mutual defence treaty in which Washington is obliged to defend its ally.


Blinken's visit follows a spate of incidents involving Philippine and Chinese vessels in the South China Sea, including collisions, in recent months.


Marcos has expressed "great alarm" over the confrontations that have sparked diplomatic sparring between Manila and Beijing.


Source: AFP