Indonesian foreign, education ministers consult over schools named by Turkey

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said the ministry has coordinated with the Ministry of Education and Culture regarding the Turkish governments request to close down a number of educational institutions in Indonesia suspected of being connected with Fethullah Gulen.

“I have coordinated with the Minister for Education and Culture and also checked the Foreign Ministrys data,” Marsudi stated at the State Palace complex in Jakarta on Monday.

The minister declared that schools in Indonesia will continue their activities.

Marsudi further explained that representatives of the Ministry of Education and Culture visited all the schools named by the Turkish government.

“Indonesia has always respected the laws and sovereignty of other countries. Similarly, we are asking other countries to also respect the laws and regulations applicable in Indonesia,” Marsudi remarked.

According to a statement made by the Turkish Embassy through their official website, www.jakarta.emb.mfa.gov.tr, nine schools were asked to be shut down.

The schools in dispute are Pribadi Bilingual Boarding School in Depok, Pribadi Bilingual Boarding School in Bandung, Kharisma Bangsa Bilingual Boarding School in South Tangerang, Semesta Bilingual Boarding School in Semarang, Kesatuan Bangsa Bilingual Boarding School in Jogjakarta, Sragen Bilingual Boarding School in Sragen, Fatih Boys School and Fatih Girls School in Aceh, as well as Banua Bilingual Boarding School in South Kalimantan.

The Turkish government stated that the terrorist organization, Fethullah (FETO), under the leadership of Fethullah, was the initiator and leader of the failed coup attempt to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogans regime a few weeks ago.

Source: Antara News