Jakarta (ANTARA) - Presidential Special Staff Coordinator Ari Dwipayana emphasized that circulated news in foreign media, stating that Indonesia had plans for official diplomatic relations with Israel, is false.

"The information is completely incorrect," Dwipayana stated in a short message on Thursday (February 29).

His statement was a response to the news published by jewishinsider.com media saying that Indonesia had plans to establish official diplomatic relations with Israel.

Dwipayana said the Indonesian President Joko Widodo did not send any special envoy to talk to Israel.

In terms of foreign affairs policy, President Jokowi assigns the foreign affairs minister and no others.

"The president's official is represented by the statements and stance of the foreign minister," he stated.

On February 26, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to address the fatal human rights violations committed by Israel against Palestinians.

She made the statement at the High-Level Segment of the 55th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

"I conveyed that we must not stay silent about the suspension of funding to UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees), while funds to support war crimes in Gaza continue to flow," she emphasized.

On January 25, she walked out of the UN Security Council (UNSC) open debate regarding Palestine while Israel's Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan was delivering his speech at the meeting.

At the meeting, Marsudi conveyed Indonesia's rejection of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's statement opposing the establishment of a Palestinian state after the war ends.

"Indonesia strongly rejects this statement. This statement is unacceptable. This confirmed Israel's ultimate goal to wipe Palestine from the world map," she remarked.

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