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JAKARTA: Indonesian President-elect Prabowo Subianto has pledged to increase contributions to the UN Palestinian Authority and send more medical teams to Gaza, his office said on Wednesday.

Subianto, who remains Indonesia’s defense minister before taking over the top job in October, attended an international conference on aid to Gaza in Jordan on Tuesday, where he said the “humanitarian catastrophe” in the besieged strip must be addressed immediately.

“Indonesia is willing and ready to contribute to all efforts to reduce the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Palestine and we hope to cooperate with countries in the region,” he said in a statement from the Ministry of Defense.

During a conference co-hosted by King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Subianto said “stronger support for an independent and sovereign Palestine” is the right solution to Israel’s war on Gaza in more than 37,000 Palestinians were killed in October.

“We will significantly increase our contributions to UNRWA and other immediate humanitarian aid. We are ready to deploy more medical teams and a field hospital to operate in Gaza,” Subianto said, adding that Indonesia is also ready to deploy its hospital ship and help with humanitarian airdrops.

In December, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said Indonesia would triple its contributions to UNRWA. The Southeast Asian country has also sent several aid shipments to Gaza.

Jakarta does not have diplomatic relations with Tel Aviv and has been one of the most vocal defenders of Palestine since the beginning of the Israeli assault on Gaza. He sees Palestinian statehood as required by its constitution, which calls for the end of colonialism.

Subianto also said Indonesia is ready to evacuate 1,000 patients who will be treated in Indonesian hospitals, as well as children and orphans for post-traumatic treatment and schooling, and return them all to Gaza when it is safe to do so.

“While we are ready to support and contribute to all these efforts, … the ultimate solution to this problem is a two-state solution,” he told the conference.

In a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Subianto said Indonesia was “ready to contribute” to any efforts to achieve an immediate ceasefire.

Last week, US President Joe Biden presented what he called a “three-phase” Israeli proposal for a ceasefire in Gaza, which would include negotiating a permanent ceasefire in the Palestinian enclave and also exchanging some Israeli hostages for Palestinian prisoners.

Qatar and Egypt are now leading efforts to mediate the plan, which was adopted by the UN Security Council while the resolution was passed.

“Indonesia is ready to work with the US, Egypt and Qatar to ensure the continuation of negotiations to achieve a lasting ceasefire and a just and lasting peace in Palestine,” Subianto told Blinken.

“An immediate, full and comprehensive ceasefire is essential to reviving the peace process.”

After the meetings in Jordan, Subianto traveled to Jeddah, where he is expected to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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