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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques holds a bilateral meeting with Indonesia’s President (SPA)

Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo on Wednesday held official talks broaching shared ties at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta.

At the outset of the meeting, the Indonesian President welcomed the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, labeling the visit as historical.

He highlighted the deep-rooted bilateral relations between the two countries, the keenness of his country on enhancing and promoting them across all fields to the best interest of the two countries and peoples.

He expressed readiness of his country to become a strategic partner of the Kingdom in achieving the Kingdom’s vision 2030.

For his part, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques delivered a speech in which he expressed happiness to visit his second country, Indonesia, lauding the warm welcome and generous hospitality he and the accompanying delegation receive, reported the Saudi state-owned news agency SPA.

King Salman expressed hope that the visit would contribute to developing this relation to higher horizons in what serves the interests of the two countries.

Emanating from the common ground we share, citing the membership to the Islamic Cooperation Organization, the United Nations, and the G20, there is need to consolidate the ties of cooperation between us in all fields, the monarch said.

He added that challenges facing the world today, topped by the phenomenon of terrorism, necessitate that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Indonesia deepen dialogue, and intensify efforts to confront those challenges, appreciating the position of Indonesia in supporting Islamic solidarity as well as the fair cause of Palestinian people, citing Indonesia’s endeavor to narrow the gap among Islamic countries positions.

Strengthening ties would positively contribute to tackling regional and international crises, and enhancing cooperation among Islamic countries based on good neighborhood, non-interference in the domestic affairs of other countries and solving of disputes through peaceful means according to the OIC charter, UN charter and international conventions.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh; Minister of State and Cabinet’s Member Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, other ministers and senior protocol officials from the two sides.