Sep 20, 2019, 8:24 PM
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Indonesia: Any allegation against Iran should be substantiated

Tehran, Sept 20, IRNA – Indonesia Ambassador to Tehran Octavino Alimudin said on Thursday that any allegation over Iran's complicity with Yemeni drone attack on the Saudi oil installations should be substantiated.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with IRNA, Alimudin said: “It is clear that any allegation to complicate the Islamic Republic of Iran in Yemeni drone attacks or other incidents in the Persian Gulf should be substantiated.”

“Even for Indonesia which is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, has always raised this issue that please bring the evidence and facts and for Indonesia, the incident itself is not justifiable,” he added.

“We condemn these incidents but it is too premature to accuse any country of complicity,” Alimudin said.

Referring to the humanitarian situation for the refugees in Yemen, the Indonesian diplomat said: “For the Yemenis and Saudis we always raised the issue that it should be ended soon.”

He added: “It is not good for all of us not only from the region but for us from the Islamic World.”

Elsewhere in his remarks, Alimudin urged Saudi Arabia and Yemen have to sit together and they have to talk in a comprehensive way on how to solve this issue.

“The position of Dr. Zarif and the Islamic Republic of Iran should be seen from the whole picture considering this conflict in the region,” he noted.
For much of the interview, the ambassador pointed to the recent visit made by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to Indonesia, saying “Basically this is a part of the long diplomacy to South East Asian region.”

“We elaborated many things one of them has already been implemented was the cooperation in the health sector so during that visit, Dr. Zarif mentioned the need for us to continue our cooperation in the health sector so our pharmaceutical industry.”

He described the Indonesian Health Minister Nila Moeloek’s recent trip to Tehran as another achievement that has been made from this meeting.

“We agreed to make joint productions in the health sector, medical devices and pharmaceutical industries and for ASEAN it is another step that Iran has ratified Treaty of Amity and Cooperation.”

“We expect after this it would be another meeting between the ministry of foreign affairs and the ASEAN countries,” he reiterated.

Meanwhile, Vice-President for Science and Technology Affairs Sorena Sattari said in a meeting with Indonesian health minister that Iran is ready to export medical equipment and transfer know-how to produce drugs in Indonesia.

Moeloek pointed to Iran's progress in various scientific fields, saying her trip is aimed at following up on the progress of agreements which had earlier been signed by two countries.

She expressed hope for the transfer of Iranian medical nanotechnology to Indonesia.  

Indonesia is ready to share Iran's advanced experience in the nanotechnology field, she added.

Interview by Ali Izadi

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