Sunday, November 27, 2022

Indonesian envoy to visit Iran, Saudi Arabia with message of peace

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi is to visit Iran and Saudi Arabia as his President’s especial envoy with a message of peace.

She will try to bring about an end to existing tension between Tehran and Riyadh.

The Indonesian foreign minister will make the trip early this week.

She will discuss a special proposition of peace suggested by Indonesian president with the Iranian and Saudi Arabian officials.

Indonesia has engaged in ‘intensive communication’ with a number of countries in its efforts to ease tensions in the Middle East, calling on all parties to ‘exercise restraint,’ according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

According to Jakarta Post, Marsudi has said that in an effort to quell heightened tensions and prevent the diplomatic crisis from further deteriorating, the Indonesian government has maintained communication with the above countries along with Malaysia, Qatar, Turkey and Russia, as well as the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

“As a nation with cordial relations with the two countries [Saudi and Iran], Indonesia has offered to support the peaceful resolution of this issue,” she said, “Indonesia reiterates the importance of peace and stability in the Middle East.”

The minister said her country will continue to be “the key driver in spreading the values of Islam as a rahmattan lil Alamin [blessing for all creation], and the prime mover in spreading the values of tolerance and democracy.’

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