Indonesia has long been a proponent of Palestinian statehood, and a two-state solution as well as avoiding establishing any formal ties with Israel.
Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has extended an invitation to Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki to a meeting with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to discuss illegal Israeli settlements.
Indonesia is serving as the president of the Security Council throughout May and is using the opportunity to conduct an Arria Formula informal meeting that will center around Israeli accountability for the conflict in Palestine.
The Arria Formula meeting differs from regular Security Council meetings, as it allows for the participation of non-council members, academics and civil society groups. The meeting will be held Thursday with South Africa and Kuwait serving as co-chairs.
The structure of the meeting has been suggested before, as it allows for sensitive subjects to be presented to the council without the risk of any member state attempting to block or cancel the forum.
Today at 3.00 p.m. Indonesia’s MFA Retno Marsudi will preside over a Security Council Arria Formula meeting on ‘Israeli settlements and settlers’ in the ECOSOC chamber. Foreign Minister of Palestine, Riyad al-Maliki will be in attendance. Watch live on @UNWebTV info @UNISPALpic.twitter.com/PZoocii7Ub
Retno and al-Maliki held a bilateral meeting at the Indonesian Mission office in New York, with al-Maliki's attendance to Thursday's meeting being confirmed by Retno shortly after.
At the meeting, Retno is scheduled to recommend the implementation of the UNSC Resolution 2334/2016, which calls on Israel to cease the construction of settlements on Palestinian territory under the basis of international law.
Retno spoke at the University of Indonesia last month and emphasized the "pressing need for the international community to take a collective stance on this issue."
"As long as the freedom of Palestine has yet to be returned to the Palestinians, then it will forever be for Indonesia to stand in defiance against the occupation by Israel," the late president stated.