Mutual cooperation, discipline key amid pandemic: Thohir

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Mutual cooperation and discipline in observing the health protocols are vital for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, State-owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir has said. “Mutual cooperation and discipline are the keys to face our current situation, so we can go through the pandemic and post-pandemic (challenges) together,” Thohir said here on Thursday. Indonesia has to meet the challenges brought by the pandemic, he added. “If we do not work hand-in-hand, stay disciplined, and do not ensure to keep Indonesia healthy, do not ever expect that this country can…

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Indonesia urges UN to ensure safety, welfare of Palestinians

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has underscored the significance of the UN role in ensuring the safety and welfare of Palestinians amid Israeli air attacks on Gaza. Speaking before the UN General Assembly specifically discussing the latest situation in Palestine and the Middle East, Marsudi pressed for immediately halting violence and declaring a ceasefire to save the lives of innocent people, including women and children. “Stop violence and military action to prevent more victims,” the minister remarked at the meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York…

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Indonesia presses for Palestine, Israel to return to negotiation table

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi emphasized the importance of Palestine and Israel returning to the negotiation table to achieve eternal peace following the announcement of a ceasefire in Gaza. The minister made the statement at a closed-door meeting with several foreign ministers and President of the 75th UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir in New York following the debate session held by the world body to specifically discuss the situation in Palestine on Thursday. “Hence, after the ceasefire takes effect, pressure must be maintained to hold negotiations soon to…

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The 5th WIC kicks off in Tianjin with dazzling cutting-edge technologies

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The 5th World Intelligence Congress (WIC), themed “New Era of Intelligence: Empowering New Development, Fostering New Pattern”, kicked off at Meijiang Convention and Exhibition Center, Tianjin on May 20. Wan Gang, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and President of China Association for Science and Technology, delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony. Li Hongzhong, Secretary of CPC Tianjin Committee, Desmond Lee, National Development Minister of Singapore, Kizo Hisamoto, Mayor of Kobe, Japan, and Li Xiaohong, president of…

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Palestinians’ lives matter to Indonesia, world’s peace-loving nations

The Gaza ceasefire agreement brought to an end the eleven days of war between Israel and Palestine that sparked a global outpouring of support for the Palestinian nation. The ceasefire agreement, which came into force in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Friday, was applauded by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and US President Joe Biden. According to Aljazeera, several Palestinians in the besieged territory greeted the Egyptian-brokered truce by waving Palestinian flags and flashing the V-sign for victory. During the 11-day war, Palestinian fighters amassed their arsenal of…

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Government’s steps to boost travelers’ screening are praiseworthy

Purwokerto (ANTARA) – Field epidemiologist at the Jenderal Soedirman University (Unsoed), Dr Yudhi Wibowo, believes that the government’s efforts to increase screening of travelers during the reverse flow after Eid al-Fitr 2021 should be commended. “I think this policy is very good at preventing the spread of COVID-19 and averting a spike in cases after Lebaran,” Wibowo noted here on Friday. By stepping up the screening of travelers, their health status will be known. “If it turns out that a traveler is positive for COVID-19, then they can be urged…

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