Jakarta (VNA) –Indonesia’s Perkasa Flying School announced on July 2 it will provide scholarship opportunities for ten Palestinian youths to become pilots, according to the Indonesian news agency, Antara.

The registration of the pilot scholarship programme is open from July 2-31, 2018 and the selection process will be conducted in collaboration with the Indonesian Embassy in Amman, Jordan.

The school’s founder and CEO Septo Adjie Sudiro described this as a good opportunity for Palestinian youths to develop a career as commercial pilots.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian Ambassador to Jordan, Andy Rachmianto, welcomed the pilot scholarship programme, saying Indonesia will continue to be at the forefront in supporting Palestinians.

The Indonesian Government highly appreciates every initiative and positive step taken by individuals or institutions in providing Palestinians with aid programmes, he said.

Since its election to be a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period 2019-2020, Indonesia has made Palestinian issues a priority, the ambassador stressed.

Since 2008, the Indonesian Government has provided building assistance to more than 1,800 Palestinians through 158 programmes, with a value of more than 10 million USD.

Indonesia has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting and assisting Palestine at the meeting of foreign ministers of CEAPAD III (Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development) in Bangkok, Thailand on June 26-27, 2018.

In the meeting, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi conveyed the country’s commitment in the CEAPAD 2019-2021 three year plan to provide Palestine with assistance worth 2 million USD in the form of capacity building programmes. -VNA