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Jakarta Post

Saudi Arabia eyes special relationship with RI: Envoy

  • Veeramalla Anjaiah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 30 2009   /  10:09 am

Abdulrahman Mohammed Amen Al Khayyat --JP/V. AnjaiahSaudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, is seeking a special relationship with Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population, the country’s top envoy said Tuesday.“We have historic relations with Indonesia,” Saudi Arabian Ambassador Abdulrahman Mohammed Amen Al Khayyat told The Jakarta Post in connection with Wednesday’s celebration of the kingdom’s National Day.“At present, our relationship with Indonesia is in excellent shape.”Saudi Arabian National Day, or the Unification Day of the Saudi Arabian Kingdom, fell on Sept. 23, but due to the Idul Fitri holidays, the celebration has been postponed to Sept. 30.The relationship between Indonesia and Saudi Arabia is already 59 years old. Next year, both countries will celebrate 60 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations.Ambassador Khayyat said Saudi Ara...