President Jokowi Arrives in Istanbul to Attend Extraordinary Meeting of OIC

id President Jokowi ,Arrives in Istanbul, to Attend, Extraordinary Meeting of OIC

President Jokowi Arrives in Istanbul to Attend Extraordinary Meeting of OIC

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Istanbul, (Antara) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and the First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo and delegation arrived at the International Airport of Attaturk here on Tuesday night local time to attend the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in this Turkish city .

Indonesian Ambassador for Turkey Wardana was on hand at the airport to welcome the President and delegation also including Coordinating Minister for Law, Security and Political Affairs Wiranto, Minster at the State Secretariat Pratikno and Special Staff of the President Johan Budi SP.

From the airport the group proceeded to a hotel in Istanbul, where the president would stay during his visit to the country. Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi  was already  at the hotel waiting for the delegation.

The extraordinary OIC conference is convened to discuss the Palestinian issue over the U.S. President Donald Trump announcing official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The announcement has angered the Islamic world, which said President Trump has violated international covenant that Jerusalem has been illegally occupied by Israel.

"This is the first opportunity for OIC countries to jointly and firmly reject the decision of President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital," Jokowi said before taking off from the Halim Perdanakusuma airbase in Jakarta on Tuesday local time.

At the extraordinary conference of OIC, Jokowi will speak about Indonesian rejection of the unilateral recognition by the United States.

"(We) will ask OIC member countries to be united in defending Palestine   and will propose a number of steps that could be done  jointly or individually in the Palestinian defense," he said.

Indonesia' the world largest Muslim nation, is among the first expressing strong protest against the U.S. move to officially announce recognition of Jerusalem control by Israel.(*)
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