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Indonesia denies talks to open Israel ties

Indonesia has denied reports in Israeli media that it was in advanced talks to open diplomatic ties with the Jewish state.

The Jerusalem Post, citing an unnamed diplomatic source, reported on Monday that “Oman and Indonesia could be next in line to establish diplomatic relations with Israel in the coming weeks”.

“At present, there is no plan for Indonesia to open relations with Israel,” Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said.

“We are mandated by the constitution to support the Palestinian cause to free them from occupation,” he added.

The Jerusalem Post said “talks have advanced” with Indonesia and normalisation could be announced before US President Donald Trump leaves office on January 20.

Faizasyah called the claim “puzzling”.

“None of our officials are having any discussion with the Israelis,” he said.

Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, has been a staunch supporter of the Palestinian cause.

Israel recently signed deals with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan, the first recognition of the Jewish state by Arab countries in a quarter of a century.

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