8,960 Indonesian citizens repatriated from Syria

Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa gave his assurances that the government would do its utmost to ensure both the safety and security of Indonesian citizens in Syria while efforts to bring them home continued.


As of Wednesday, 8,960 Indonesian citizens had been repatriated from Syria, according to the minister.

“The government via the Foreign Ministry has carried out protection and repatriation efforts for our citizens in Syria. We have repatriated 8,960 people in 183 groups,” Marty said, as quoted by kompas.com, during a meeting on Wednesday with members of the House of Representatives’ Commission I overseeing foreign affairs.

Marty said some Indonesians were still in Syria, but added that the government promised that all its citizens would be returned home before the Syrian conflict grew any worse.

He also said the government had conveyed a peace proposal to help end the Syrian conflict.

Marty explained that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had communicated the government’s stance on the Syrian conflict during the recent G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.