Retno Marsudi: There is no intention to establish diplomatic relations with Israel

TEMPO.CO, JakartaForeign Minister Retno Marsudi explains the Gaza war and the conflict between Iran and Israel and its impact on the Indonesian economy.

TThe conflicts in the Middle East are becoming increasingly intense. Amid the ongoing Gaza war, which shows no sign of letting up, a new conflict has broken out. On April 14, Iran launched 300 drones and missiles toward Israel in retaliation against the Israeli airstrike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria, which killed two Iranian Revolutionary Guard generals.

Many countries, including Indonesia, are concerned about the economic consequences of this latest conflict. Crude oil prices are forecast to rise as unrest arises in the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important oil shipping route. “Oil price increases will have a huge impact on the economy,” Foreign Minister Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi said.

To help prevent the conflict from escalating, Retno contacted Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, as well as the foreign ministers of Israel’s allied countries. She urged all sides to exercise restraint and reminded them not to overlook the plight of Palestinians involved in the war between Hamas and Israel.

Retno Marsudi met Pace for an interview at her office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Central Jakarta on Thursday, April 18. She explained the plan to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. “The news was deliberately spread by certain parties because Indonesia’s position is very strategic,” said the diplomat, who is from Semarang, Central Java.

What is the latest situation in the Middle East after the recent conflict between Iran and Israel?

The situation is very fluid. We must look back at the series of events since April 1, when Israel attacked the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria. A diplomatic facility is an area that every country must respect. The tension between the two countries has been going on for some time, but this is the first time they have had direct contact. Previously, they were engaged in a proxy war.