Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto continued his working visit from Jordan to Saudi Arabia and met with Crown Prince and Prime Minister Muhammad bin Salman (MBS) bin Abdulaziz in Jeddah.

The ministry's Head of the Public Relations Bureau, Brigadier General Edwin Adrian Sumantha, stated on Thursday that the meeting between Prabowo and MBS took place on Wednesday (June 12).

"They reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and cooperation in various fields, including ways to support and develop them. Both parties also looked at the current global situation, including the situation in Palestine," Sumantha explained.

He affirmed that Prabowo also emphasized the importance of relations between Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, including cooperation to maintain world peace.

"I have witnessed His Majesty affirming Saudi Arabia's leadership in the region and beyond, including in promoting peace and stability for Palestine. The Palestinian issue is very close to our hearts," Prabowo told Prince MBS, as quoted.

During the meeting, he also acknowledged relying on MBS' leadership in defending peace, justice, and humanity for Palestine.

He then encouraged Indonesia and Saudi Arabia to intensify trade cooperation and explore new partnership opportunities, including in the defense industry, agricultural technology, halal industry, and creative industry sectors.

MBS also agreed to the need for Indonesia and Saudi Arabia to step up economic and investment cooperation.

Regarding the humanitarian crisis in Palestine, MBS expressed the same concern, especially since ceasefire efforts have failed to bring results.

The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is the main highlight of Prabowo's series of foreign visits to Jordan and Saudi Arabia this week. In Jordan, Prabowo attended a summit related to Gaza hosted by Egypt, Jordan, and the United Nations.

At the forum, the minister emphasized Indonesia's stance on several matters, including its unwavering support for Palestinian independence, its belief that a two-state solution is still the best route to peace and a ceasefire, and its pledge to assist any initiatives aimed at accelerating efforts to achieve an immediate ceasefire.

Prabowo also expressed Indonesia's willingness to ramp up financial support significantly for UNRWA and the plan to evacuate and treat one thousand patients and children in Gaza to Indonesia and return them to Palestine once normalcy in the situation was restored.

The Indonesian government is also ready to build a field hospital, send a hospital aid ship, and dispatch medical personnel to Gaza, as well as airdrop aid to Gaza if needed, he stated. (INE)
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Translator: Genta Tenri M, Resinta Sulistiyandari
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