National scene: Middle East supports RI on Rohingya rescue

By June 1, 2015 04:22

National scene: Middle East supports RI on Rohingya rescue

Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi spoke on Sunday of the support and assistance Indonesia had received from Middle Eastern countries regarding the thorny Rohingya issue in Southeast Asia during her 10-day tour of the Middle East last week.

Retno said several Middle Eastern countries had agreed to assist Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries regarding the issue.

“I brought up the Rohingya issue in every meeting I had. I spoke to the OIC [Organization of Islamic Cooperation] meeting. I also bilaterally met with certain Middle Eastern countries. Most of them have agreed to help,” Retno told reporters on Sunday in Senopati, South Jakarta.

Retno named several countries who had promised to provide assistance on the issue.

“Turkey is one that is ready to help the Rohingnya refugees,” she said, adding that the country was ready because it had plenty of experience in dealing with an influx of Syrian refugees. “Saudi Arabia has also agreed to help. They revealed the amount [of money] they had agreed to give. But we have to be sure [before we announce it].”

Other countries Retno said would provide assistance on the issue included Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“The emir of Qatar personally promised to donate US$50,000,000,” Retno said.

Note:Changes have been made,Jakarta Post is not responsible for these.

Source:Jakarta Post.



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