Indonesia to help Palestinian government by medicine and food

Indonesia will give medicine and food aid to the Palestinian government to help ease shortages caused by United States and European sanctions, the country's foreign minister said. Hassan Wirajuda made the comments after Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar met President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Zahar is in Indonesia as part of a tour of Asia aimed at raising money for the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority, Zahar's office said before he departed. "The president made a promise as part of our continuous support to the struggle of the Palestinian nation to provide aid to prevent a humanitarian crisis in the form of food and drugs," Wirajuda said. He did not say whether the government in the world's most populous Muslim nation would provide any cash to the authority, reports the AP.

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