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HOUTHI MILITIA ATTACKS SAUDI ABHA AIRPORT INJURING 26 PEOPLE

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The Iranian-backed Houthi militia claimed, through its media, full responsibility for the terror attack, saying they had fired a cruise missile.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The Houthi militia in Yemen has struck the Abha International Airport in Asir Province in the southwestern part of Saudi Arabia with a missile, injuring 26 people inside the airport.

The spokesman for the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, Colonel Turki Almaliki, said that on 02.21 Wednesday (12/6/2019) morning local time a missile was fired by Houthi militia and struck the arrival hall at Abha International Airport, which accommodates thousands of passengers from various countries every day.

A total of 26 civilian passengers from various countries were injured in the attack, including three women from Yemen, India and Saudi, and two Saudi children, Colonel al-Maliki said, in a statement quoted by Antara from the Saudi News Agency (SPA) here Wednesday.

Eight people were taken to hospital for treatment due to moderate injuries, while 18 others were treated at the airport, suffering from minor injuries.

The attack also caused damage to the airport waiting room.

Colonel Almaliki added that the military and security forces were working to determine the type of missile used in the terror attack.

The Iranian-backed Houthi militia claimed, through its media, full responsibility for the terror attack, saying they had fired a cruise missile.

The statement is a claim of their intention to target civilians and civilian locations, that are subject to special protection under the humanitarian international law.

Thus, this could amount to a war crime of targeting civilians and civilian objects in a systematic manner.

This attack also reflect’s this terrorist militia’s acquisition of new special weapons; the continuation of the Iranian regime’s support and practice of cross-border terrorism; and the continued violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions, including Resolution 2216 and Resolution 2231.

Colonel Almaliki stressed that in the face of the Houthi militia’s terrorist attacks, as well as its immoral violations, the Command of Joint Forces of the Coalition will take urgent and timely measures to deter this terrorist militia, and to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian objects.

In addition, terrorist operatives responsible for the planning and execution of this terrorist attack will be held accountable, in accordance with international humanitarian law and its customary rules. (bpr)

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CHINESE ACADEMICS CALL INDONESIA VICTIM OF US-CHINA TRADE WAR

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The opinion that Indonesia or the Southeast Asian countries will benefit from the dispute is a short-term observation.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The Chinese Institute of International Relations’ Executive Vice President, Ruan Zongze, said that Indonesia could be a victim of the trade war that took place between China and the United States (US).

This happened because the trade dispute disrupted the global supply chain, where China and the US play a vital role. In the normal chain, Indonesia and the ASEAN countries export to China, and China re-exports to the US.

“Indonesia will also suffer from the disruption because the possibility of a market share will be narrower,” Zongze said at a news conference here on Monday (24/6/2019).

According to Zongze, the opinion that Indonesia or the Southeast Asian countries will benefit from the dispute is a short-term observation.

“I do not really agree with the observation that the ASEAN or Indonesia will benefit, because in fact, there could be potential damage to Indonesia,” he said.

Not only does Indonesia have the potential to become a victim in this dispute, but it may also be a target in the US-China trade war.

Zongze underlined the trade dispute as a globalized issue and likened China and the ASEAN countries to being in the same boat, where “no one can survive this bad weather”.

Zongze stressed that Indonesia and the ASEAN countries needed cooperation, especially to face the possibility of a narrowing market share.

“We must find out what the real priority of this trade dispute is. The number one priority is multilateralism,” he said.

Multilateralism, according to Zongze, is the key to Indonesia’s future development, as well as for the ASEAN integration. (suw)

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ASEAN LEADERS AGREE TO ADOPT ASEAN OUTLOOK ON INDO-PACIFIC

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The 34th ASEAN Summit held in Bangkok on Sunday (23/6/2019).

Greatindonesia.co.id, Bangkok – Ten leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states have agreed to adopt the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific concept.

“Last night foreign ministers discussed the matter. Alhamdulillah (Thank God) ASEAN leaders have adopted ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (concept) initiated by Indonesia,” Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said on the sidelines of the 34th ASEAN Summit held in Bangkok on Sunday (23/6/2019).

The minister said there are five main points related to the Indo-Pacific; first, the background and reason behind the outlook of the Indo-Pacific; second, key elements in the outlook; third, objective; fourth, principles contained in the outlook and fifth, areas of cooperation.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has underscored the need for ASEAN to have outlook on the Indo-Pacific issue.

During the plenary of the 34th ASEAN Summit, the president attached the significance of ASEAN having outlook on the Indo-Pacific issue amidst the current global uncertainty, Retno said.

The outlook reflects the centrality and strength of ASEAN in respecting peace and dialog culture and strengthening cooperation.

Indonesia is grateful to other ASEAN member states for their support to develop the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific concept, she said.

“President Jokowi said nearly one year ago that Indonesia began presenting this Indo-Pacific concept,” the minister said. (ant)

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RI HOPES FOR PROGRESS IN TIMOR LESTE JOINING ASEAN

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Foreign Ministry's Director General of ASEAN Cooperation, Jose Tavares.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The Indonesian government has expressed its hopes that the ongoing evaluation of Timor Leste will result in its becoming a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

“The process (East Timorese membership) has been going on for a long time, since 2011 to the present, and is still ongoing, so we hope that there will be positive movement and activities towards determining this outcome,” the Foreign Ministry’s Director General of ASEAN Cooperation, Jose Tavares, said here on Wednesday (19/6/2019).

Jose took note of the process that must be undertaken by Timor Leste to become a member of ASEAN.

“At this stage there is a process to send a team to look closely at East Timor’s readiness, so that when this issue is discussed at the level of ASEAN heads of state, they can make political decisions to determine whether Timor Leste is eligible to become a member of ASEAN,” he said.

The readiness assessment was carried out through independent studies of the conditions of Timor Leste in three main areas: security, socio-culture and economy.

“From this study, in general, positive recommendations were given for East Timor to become a member of ASEAN,” he said.

However, Jose also said that the question of membership for Timor Leste would not be discussed this year, and there is still no target time for such a discussion. (yun)

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