Russian, French presidents to attend Holocaust memorial

Both presidents will be in Israel on Thursday. (AFP)
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Updated 21 January 2020

Russian, French presidents to attend Holocaust memorial

  • It is Macron’s first visit to the country since becoming president

PARIS: Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Israel on Thursday, with 40 other heads of state also set to attend.

Putin will be among those to make a speech at the memorial; Polish President Andrzej Duda elected not to travel to Jerusalem because he was denied the same opportunity.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chose Putin for the address after relations with Poland soured over Warsaw’s decision to pass legislation sanctioning people who accuse the Polish state of crimes against humanity during the Second World War.

French President Emmanuel Macron, meanwhile, arrived in Israel on Tuesday for an official trip.

It is Macron’s first visit to the country since becoming president. He will meet Netanyahu on Wednesday before talks with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, as well as the leader of the Israeli opposition, Benny Gantz.

Macron will then meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. Elysee sources suggested that Macron would discuss the current situation between Israel and Palestine with Netanyahu and Abbas before attending the memorial.
 


Indonesia capital Jakarta conditionally eases some coronavirus restrictions

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Indonesia capital Jakarta conditionally eases some coronavirus restrictions

  • Some public transport networks would resume normal operations
  • Houses of worship would reopen but with social distancing restrictions
The governor of Indonesia’s capital said on Thursday that movement restrictions to stem the spread of the coronavirus would be extended in Jakarta, but June would be a transition period with some rules conditionally eased.
“The movement restrictions status is still (in place) while we await for the transition into a healthy, safe, and productive condition,” Anies Baswedan told a video briefing, referring to large scale social restrictions in place since mid-April.
Starting Friday, Baswedan said some public transport networks would resume normal operations, while houses of worship would reopen, both with new social restrictions in place.
There has not been an official lockdown across Indonesia, which has recorded the highest rate of deaths from COVID-19 in East Asia outside China, but cities like Jakarta have been allowed to impose restrictions.