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Thu 11 Apr 2024 7:37 pm - Jerusalem Time

Israel and Indonesia reach an agreement to normalize relations

After three months of secret talks, Israel and Indonesia, in cooperation with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, reached an agreement that provides for the normalization of relations between the two countries. The agreement comes as part of efforts to facilitate Indonesia's accession to the organization, which includes 38 member states.


In a letter from Matthias Cormann, Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, to Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz, it was confirmed that the Council had formally agreed to the terms of Indonesia's accession, stressing the need for Indonesia to maintain diplomatic relations with all members of the organization before any decision to accept it. As a member. The agreement also requires unanimous approval from all member states, including Israel, for Indonesia's accession.


Katz responded by welcoming the breakthrough, expressing his expectation for positive improvements in relations between the two countries, including allowing Indonesia to begin the process of joining the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.


Sources involved in the process indicate that Indonesia was seeking to join the organization but had to obtain consensus from all member states, which requires relations between all member states.


The organization asked Israel not to oppose Indonesia's accession, but given Indonesia's previous stance against Israel, Minister Katz asked Indonesia to make a gesture towards Israel that confirms the sincerity of its intentions towards normalizing relations.


After a series of negotiations, the OECD and Indonesia agreed to the condition that before the final vote and its accession to the organization, Indonesia must establish diplomatic relations with Israel. This step represents an important advance in relations between the two countries and promises to bring about positive change in the region.




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