Indonesia Ready to Deploy Peacekeeping Forces to Gaza: Prabowo Subianto

Indonesia Ready to Deploy Peacekeeping Forces to Gaza: Prabowo Subianto

Singapore, The Gulf Observer: Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto, who is also the president-elect of Indonesia and set to be sworn into office in October, has affirmed Indonesia’s readiness to send peacekeeping forces to the Gaza Strip if required to monitor any future ceasefire between Palestine and Israel.

“We are prepared to contribute peacekeeping forces to maintain and monitor the prospective ceasefire as well as provide protection and security to all parties and all sides,” Prabowo stated during his remarks at the 21st Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Saturday.

Highlighting Indonesia’s commitment to maintaining peace in Gaza and realizing a long-lasting ceasefire, Prabowo emphasized the nation’s support for the two-state solution as the final resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

In addition to peacekeeping forces, Indonesia is prepared to send medical personnel to operate field hospitals in Gaza, pending consent and agreement from all relevant parties. “Indonesia also is very willing to evacuate and treat wounded Palestinian civilians and those needing hospital care in the Indonesian field hospitals,” Prabowo added.

He revealed that President Joko Widodo has instructed him to evacuate, admit, and provide medical care for 1,000 patients from Palestine in the immediate future.

On the international stage, Prabowo called for collective efforts to realize a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire and lasting peace between Palestine and Israel. He noted that while Gaza is geographically distant from Southeast Asia, the conflict resonates deeply with Indonesians, who feel a strong sense of solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Prabowo underscored the urgency of resolving the conflict, which has persisted for decades without concrete solutions, and reiterated Indonesia’s dedication to contributing to peace efforts in the region.