Palestinians: Israel denies Indonesian FM entry to West Bank

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Israel prevented the Indonesian foreign minister from entering the West Bank to meet with Palestinian officials.

A Sunday statement says that Retno Marsudi was supposed to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Foreign Minister Riad Malki. The ministry said Malki traveled to neighboring Jordan to meet Marsudi instead.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon refused to comment on the issue.

Israeli media reported Marsudi was denied access to the West Bank because she wasn't going to meet Israeli officials.

According to reports, Marsudi was to inaugurate an Indonesian consulate in the West Bank.