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Indonesia to allow tarrif-free import of some Palestinian goods
Palestinian goods currently reach Indonesia through Jordan, a procedure that will change on January 1 when some Palestinian goods are shipped directly to the country.
Indonesia will allow tariff-free imports and give direct market access to some Palestinian goods beginning in the new year, the Indonesian trade minister said on Wednesday.

 

 

Palestinian goods now come to Indonesia through Jordan. Starting on January 1, some Palestinian goods will be shipped directly to Indonesia, said Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita.

 

Jewish men pass a store selling Palestinian clothing in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City (Photo: Getty Images)
Jewish men pass a store selling Palestinian clothing in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City (Photo: Getty Images)
 

 

"We're opening market access for dates and olive oil. This is as requested by Palestine," the minister told reporters in Jakarta, after meeting his Palestinian counterpart at a World Trade Organization meeting in Buenos Aires.

 

"We're also asking them for a list of products they want to export and they need to import."

 

A Palestinian woman picks pineapples during a harvest at a farm in Khan Yunis (Photo: Getty Images)
A Palestinian woman picks pineapples during a harvest at a farm in Khan Yunis (Photo: Getty Images)

 

Lukita also said that Indonesia, which has the world's biggest Muslim population, had stated its support for the Palestinians to become a member of the World Trade Organization.

 

Thousands of Indonesians have rallied in recent days to protest against US President Donald Trump's official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

 


First published: 12.20.17, 13:17
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