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Jan 13, 2005
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Tsunami Reactions (12) - Indonesian Minister Denies Getting Israeli Aid

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Source: Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar)

The following are excerpts from an interview with the Indonesian Coordinating Minister for People's Affairs, Alwi Shihab on Al-Jazeera TV that aired on January 13, 2005:

Host: There are reports of the possible arrival of an Israeli aid team to the Aceh province. Are these reports true?

Shihab: On the governmental level, we have heard nothing. We have no...We have no diplomatic relations with Israel. If there is a Jew, a Buddhist, or a Christian who are trying to provide aid, as our position is that we make no distinction between them, and that we will accept aid to support the victims of this disaster. We cannot say that a Jew is not allowed to provide aid, because it is a humanitarian act, which transcends the boundaries of religion and politics. However, as for a request from the Israeli government [to provide aid] this will not happen.

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