House Vice Speaker Responds to the Saudi Ambassador’s Rebuttal

05-06-2021 /

House Vice Speaker for Economic and Finance Affairs Sufmi Dasco Ahmad speaks during a media interview, Photo: Yoga/Man

 

House Vice Speaker for Economics and Finance Affairs Sufmi Dasco Ahmad clarified his statement in response to a circulating news regarding the rebuttal letter submitted by the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the House Speaker Dr. (HC) Puan Maharani. He explained the initial chronology to the media asking his response on the issue after the House Plenary Session on Monday (31/5/2021). 

 

"After the Plenary Session, the media interviewed me about Hajj and the Sinovac vaccine, which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia government has not approved for prospective pilgrims. At that time, I answered that we don't need to discuss the vaccine yet. The first thing we have to do is to make sure whether we receive hajj pilgrim quota or not. The latest information that I had is that Indonesia did not receive a quota, so we need to get assurance about the hajj quota first," Ahmad asserted during a press conference on Saturday (5/6/2021). 

 

The House Vice Speaker added that he didn't mean to make a fuss. He just wanted to emphasize that we have to put off the vaccine issue and focus on the certainty whether Indonesia receives the hajj quota or not. According to the latest information that he had, Indonesia would not receive a hajj quota due to the Kingdom’s restrictions on COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

"As one of the House Leaders, I communicate with many parties including the authorities (as mentioned in the letter) on the progress of this hajj quota issue. the Indonesian Government has set 28 May 2021 as the deadline to be given information from Saudi Arabia Government regarding the hajj quota for Indonesia, which is not yet certain until now. On the other hand, the Indonesian Government needs to do a lot of preparation before the commencement of pilgrimage, be it vaccinations, catering for prospective pilgrims, planes for hajj flights, lodging, and other things within only 1.5 months since it has already passed the deadline requested by the Indonesian Government, namely 28 May 2021," Ahmad said. 

 

Ahmad appreciates the Religious Minister's decision not to send pilgrims. In addition to the absence of official information from the Saudi Arabia Government, it is also not possible for Indonesia to send pilgrims in such a short time.  

 

"Concerning this year's hajj quota decision, the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has the full authority on it. Therefore, I ask the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Indonesia, Essam Bin Ahmed Abid Altaqafi not to respond excessively regarding this polemic. All he needs to do is to inform the Indonesian Government officially related to the decision of the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia regarding the implementation of the pilgrimage this year amid the Covid-19 pandemic," he said. /sf) 


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