Bethlehem/Palexperiment / Rola Ma'aya, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities received in the ministry's headquarters in Bethlehem, Mr. Teguh Wardoyo, Indonesia's ambassador to Jordan and Palestine and Mr. Fariz Mahdawi, Palestine's ambassador to Indonesia, in the presence of Sayel al-Deek, General Director of tourism services in the ministry.
Minister Ma'aya welcomed the new Indonesian Ambassador and wished him success in his new post as an ambassador to Palestine.
Ma'aya valued the relationship between the two countries and the efforts made by the Indonesian Government to support Palestine in the various aspects of life. She also emphasized the importance of building strong relationships between the two countries.
Ma'aya familiarized them with the plans and programs of the ministry that aim at prompting and developing the tourism in Palestine.
Ma'aya talked about the current situation in Palestine and the obstacles imposed by Israel on the tourism sector. She pointed out to the efforts made by the ministry to improve the services provided to tourists, through the opening of the archaeological sites and museums for the visitors, in addition to promote all the cities and Palestinian sites, stressing on the importance of tourism to Palestine, not only economically, but also for giving a good image about Palestine.
The Indonesian Ambassador expressed his pleasure for being in Palestine, adding that his country will remain committed to supporting the Palestine in many forums, especially the tourism.
Both countries agreed on the importance of encouraging the religious tourism to Palestine through cooperation between Palestinian and Indonesian tourism agencies, and cooperation with Jordan to promote joint tourist programs that include Jordan and Palestine and promote these programs in Indonesia.
At the end of the meeting it was agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding between the three parties concerning this issue.