Contact Trump, King Salman Asks for Palestinian Peace Acceleration

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abudlaziz Al Saud reiterated his royal position in highlighting the problems in Palestine and the right of the Palestinian people to become an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital. Reported on Tuesday (3/4/2018), in a phone call with US President Donald Trump, King Salman stressed the need to advance the peace process in the Middle East. It follows a Palestinian protest at the Gaza border last week, and Israeli forces have killed 17 people.

Saudi Arabia and Israel do not have formal diplomatic relations, but behind the scenes, their relationship has improved in recent years. Both see Iran as a threat. Saudi Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is in the US, made comments related to Israel. He indicated an important change in the position of the kingdom responding to the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. To The Atlantic magazine, as reported, he said, Israel also has the right to own a homeland. When asked by The Atlantic Chief Editor Jeffrey Goldberg, whether Jews have the right to own a portion of their ancestral land, Prince Mohammed gave a surprising answer. “I believe everyone, everywhere, has the right to live in their country in peace,” he said.

“I believe the Palestinians and Israelis have the right to own their land,” he added. “But we must have a peace treaty to ensure stability for everyone and have a normal relationship,” he said. Saudi relations with Israel began to melt when a Saudi general visited Jerusalem in 2016 and met with Israeli lawmakers. Last month, Saudi also allowed Air India to fly to Tel Aviv across the airspace.

Jokowi and Russian Ambassador Discuss the Plan of Putin’s Visit to Indonesia

President Joko Widodo received credentials from eleven Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (LBBP) to the Republic of Indonesia. One who handed over the credentials was Lyudmila Georgievna Vorobieva, Russian Ambassador LBBP. After receiving credentials, Jokowi invites eleven newly assigned dubes in Indonesia to chat casually on the Veranda of Merdeka Palace. The ambassadors lined up to take turns talking with Jokowi.
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi admitted there was a discussion about the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Indonesia when Jokowi conversed with the Russian ambassador. “The plan is at a glance discussed,” said Retno, after accompanying Jokowi received credentials from the ambassadors, at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (4/4/2018).

Nevertheless, Retno stressed that the talks have not reached the time of visit. Because, Putin himself recently re-elected as President of Russia and has not been sworn in officially. “President Putin will be inaugurated in May so confirmation of exactly when (to Indonesia) will be delivered after President Putin’s official inauguration,” said Retno. In March, Retno had visited Moscow, Russia, for a bilateral meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister. Bilateral issues were discussed at the meeting, including Putin’s planned visit to Indonesia.