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Jokowi, King Salman pray at Istiqlal Mosque

  • Haeril Halim

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 2, 2017   /  04:16 pm
Jokowi, King Salman pray at Istiqlal Mosque King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia performs a sunnah (non obligatory) prayer at Istiqlal grand mosque during his visit to Jakarta, Thursday. (JP/Seto Wardhana.)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo met with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia for a second time on Thursday.

The two leaders arrived at Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta at 2:20 p.m.

They performed a tahiyatul masjid prayer as soon as they arrived at the Southeast Asia’s biggest mosque. A tahiyatul masjid prayer is a symbolic gesture of respect toward a mosque.

The 81-year-old monarch performed the prayer sitting in a chair. Jokowi prayed standing up.

Jokowi then took the king for a tour of the mosque, explaining the history of it. The two leaders spent around 30 minutes at the mosque before heading to the State Palace in Jakarta.

Earlier on Thursday, King Salman delivered a short speech at the House of Representatives before traveling to Istiqlal Mosque.

At approximately 4 p.m., Jokowi and King Salman met with dozens of Islamic leaders at the State Palace. (ary)