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Indonesia to Build Hospital in Gaza

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says his country plans to build a hospital for Palestinians in Gaza Strip.

Mr. Yudhoyono made the pledge during a meeting Saturday with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He said Indonesia will contribute more than $2 million to fund the project.

Speaking to reporters in Jakarta after the meeting, he also said Indonesia is ready to play a role in the Middle East peace process.

Mr. Abbas said he had asked President Yudhoyono to support of his efforts to end Israel's siege of Gaza.

Israel has blockaded the Palestinian territory for three years, after the militant group Hamas seized power from the moderate government.

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation. It has long supported the Palestinian cause and does not have diplomatic relations with Israel.

President Abbas is on an Asian tour that will also take him to Vietnam and Malaysia.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.