Marsudi visits Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan

Marsudi visits Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan

Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi conversed with Palestinian refugees in the New Amman Camp, Jordan on March 5, 2019. (Kemlu RI)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi visited a Palestinian refugee camp in Amman, Jordan, to show support toward Palestinian people.

Accompanied by Pierre Krahenbuhl, commissioner general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), Marsudi conversed with students of the New Amman Camp School, one of the 171 schools existing in the camps to accommodate 121 thousand Palestinian students.

"Never give up, keep your spirit, and Insha Allah, everything will be better in future," the minister told the Palestinian students.

The New Amman Camp is one of the 10 camps existing across Jordan, where at least 370 thousand Palestinians take refuge, as Palestine has been being occupied by Israel illegally.

With the support of several countries, including Indonesia, the UNRWA has set up 25 health centers, 10 community-based rehabilitation centers, and 14 women`s program centers to accommodate the basic needs of refugees.

Jordan has, in total, received more than two million Palestinians, including 700 thousand Palestinians expelled or those who had fled during Nakba, "Catastrophe," as Israel was forcefully founded on Palestinian land in 1948.

Marsudi wrapped up here visit to the camp by visiting a shelter of Palestinian refugees, who were staying in the camp for years.

The minister reiterated the commitment of the Indonesian Government and people to strive for the rights of Palestinian people, including the rights for independence.

Meanwhile, Indonesia has agreed to provide US$1 million in humanitarian aid to help Palestinian refugees in Jerash Camp in Jordan to meet their food and healthcare requirements.

Marsudi and Krahenbuhl signed an agreement to that effect at the Jerash Camp on Tuesday (March 5), the Indonesian Foreign Ministry noted in a written statement released on Wednesday.

During the meeting with the UNWRA commissioner general, Marsudi noted that the Indonesian government`s contribution reflects Indonesia`s commitment to always help the Palestinian people.

Reporting by Yashinta DP, fardah

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