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Jakarta Post

Jokowi calls for unity

  • Haeril Halim

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 22, 2017   /  07:12 am
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As Saudi Arabia works to use the historic Arab Islamic American Summit on combating global terrorism in Riyadh to garner support for its efforts to contain the influence of Iran in the Middle East, Indonesia is proving itself a neutral party in global efforts to promote peace and stability by moving to distance itself from Saudi Arabia’s geopolitical ambitions expressed in the forum. The summit is an initiative from King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. The summit gathers 55 Muslim-majority countries to make use of the historic visit of United States President Donald Trump in an apparent move by the conservative Saudis to develop their country’s image as a global campaigner for moderate Islam. Saudi Arabia excluded Iran from the summit despite the fact that Iran is also a Muslim-majority nation. The participation of Indonesia in the Saudi cause is vital for the Gulf kin...