Jakarta (ANTARA) - Palestinian Ambassador to Indonesia Zuhair Al Shun expressed confidence that Indonesia, under the future leadership of Prabowo Subianto, will be steadfast in its support of the Palestinian cause.

"I am convinced that Indonesia's policy (on Palestine) will not change under the next president, Mr Prabowo Subianto," Al Shun stated after meeting President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) in the open house at the Presidential Palace here on Wednesday.

On the occasion, the ambassador expressed gratitude to President Jokowi for continuing his support for Palestinian independence from Israeli oppression.

Al Shun affirmed that President Jokowi and Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi are steadfast in their support of Palestine and actively advocating for the Palestinian cause in various international fora.

"A struggle does not always mean an armed struggle, as it can also be done through diplomacy and advocacy for Palestine in (international) organizations, which we also needed," Al Shun stated.

"We appreciate (Jokowi's) assistance, policies, and diplomacy," he stated.

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The envoy expressed his pride to President Jokowi and hoped he would be successful in his future endeavours.

On this Eid al-Fitr momentum, Al Shun also expressed optimism that peace and prosperity would be enjoyed by both Indonesian and Palestinian people.

"After the holy month of Ramadan, we celebrate (Eid al-Fitr) at this palace with His Excellency (President Jokowi). I am here to convey my Eid greetings and pray for the happiness and prosperity of the Indonesian nation," the ambassador remarked.

President Jokowi and First Lady Iriana hosted an open house on Eid al-Fitr at the Presidential Palace. The palace started welcoming guests at 9 a.m. Jakarta time after the president performed the Eid prayer at the nearby Istiqlal Mosque.

Apart from ambassadors, the president welcomed cabinet ministers, parliamentary leaders, and other officials at the open house. As the agenda is open to the general public, residents can freely visit the palace to meet the president.

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