Marty Natalegawa. Photo: Antara News Agency
Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa. Photo: Antara News Agency

Jakarta, 11 Sha’ban 1435/June 9, 2014 (MINA) – Indonesia supported and welcomed  the formation of Palestinian unity cabinet on June 2, 2014, following the long term division of both factions.

“With these encouraging developments, Indonesia hopes the union could facilitate the Palestinian government’s efforts to fight for the independence of Palestine,” said Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa  as quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA), Monday (9/6).

Marty said Indonesia also expected the unity would further strengthen its position among the global community.

He continued as saying, concerning the Palestinian cabinet formation, Indonesia supports the implementation of legislative and presidential elections in Palestine. “Indonesian government  is ready to cooperate with the Palestinian Unity Government for the prosperity and welfare of the people of both nations,” he stressed.

Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal in Gaza on April, 23 2014, aimed at ending the divisions that have occurred since 2007. The agreement has set the establishment of a national unity government until presidential and legislative elections to be held  both in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Last May, Hamas Political Bureau official Musa Abu Marzuk said, the Palestinian national reconciliation had an important task to carry out six basic tasks ahead of presidential and legislative elections.

At the meeting held by the ministry of culture in Gaza, Abu Marzuk explained the six tasks of national reconciliation government during the next six months. The main task were the construction of Gaza and ending its blockade by Israel that has been going on for seven years. In addition, the government also must prepare for the presidential elections and national legislation.

Marzuk stressed, the unity government’s task were to complete the file on the community and fulfill the right to public freedom in carrying elections.  He also appreciated the efforts made to achieve the reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.

Palestinians have been struggling to achieve its internal peace and has now reached a critical stage.(T/P03/P01/E01)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)

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