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Indonesia Will Not Recognize Israel, Envoy Says; Lauds Arab States

The Government of Indonesia will continue to refuse to recognize the State of Israel as a gesture of gratitude to the Arab states which assisted her in the campaign to win liberation from the Netherlands, Indonesia’s Ambassador to Australia, Dr. J. Helmi, told a press conference here today.

Dr. Helmi admitted that Indonesia had no views on how to settle the problems of the Middle East, but said his country “naturally” supported the Arab point of view.