Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto and Jordanian King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein discussed plans to expand the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people in the West Bank during a recent meeting.

Head of the ministry's public relations bureau, Brigadier General Edwin Adrian Sumantha, informed on Wednesday that the two leaders discussed the matter after attending a summit on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza in Amman, Jordan, on Tuesday (June 11, 2024).

Sumantha said that Prabowo and King Abdullah II also drew attention to the West Bank since the area has also been affected by Israel's aggression in Gaza.

Additionally, during the meeting, they discussed the possibility of resuming aid air drops to Gaza.

"Indonesia is willing and ready to contribute to all efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people, and we hope to work together with countries in the region," Prabowo said.

On April 9, Indonesia and Jordan air-dropped aid to Gaza using a C-130 J Super Hercules aircraft of the Indonesian Air Force.

In the aid delivery operation, 900 human air umbrellas (PUO) and 50 goods air umbrellas (PUB) containing humanitarian aid packages were deployed for the Palestinian people in Gaza.

Sumantha said that a permit to fly in Gaza airspace is hard to obtain and requires to be authorized by the Israeli authorities, and Indonesia and Israel do not have diplomatic relations.

Therefore, cooperation with Jordan is crucial because the country borders Israel and Palestine and has diplomatic relations with both.

Indonesia has become the second country in Southeast Asia after Singapore to deploy aid from the air directly for the Palestinian people in Gaza.

Prabowo visited Amman on June 10 to attend a summit on Gaza.

During the summit, he outlined four points regarding Indonesia's Gaza stance. First, Indonesia is committed to increasing financial support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Second, Indonesia is ready to send more medical personnel, build a field hospital, send a hospital aid ship, and make more aid air drops to Gaza if needed.

Third, Indonesia is ready to treat up to one thousand patients from Gaza in Indonesia and send them home once the situation returns to normal. Fourth, Indonesia is ready to provide post-traumatic care to children affected by the aggression in Gaza, arrange for their education, and send them back when the situation in Gaza returns to normal.

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Translator: Genta Tenri M, Resinta Sulistiyandari
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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