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King Salman meets Indonesia’s President Widodo

Jakarta-Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud said on Wednesday that challenges currently facing the world, mainly the phenomenon of terrorism, necessitate that all parties deepen dialogue, and intensify efforts to confront them.

Speaking after holding official talks with Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo at the Astana Presidential Palace in Jakarta, the King asserted that developing Saudi-Indonesian relations on strong and firm bases, would positively contribute to tackling the regional and international crises, and enhance cooperation among Islamic countries based on good neighborhood.

King Salman and Widodo singed on Wednesday a joint declaration, several memoranda of understanding and cooperation programs in the fields of scientific and educational cooperation, air transport, commerce, health, Islamic affairs, and combatting crimes.

King Salman praised Indonesia’s position in supporting Islamic solidarity, mainly the fair cause of Palestinian people, and in narrowing the gap among the positions of Islamic countries.

For his part, Widodo described the visit of the Saudi King to Indonesia as “historical.”

The president said his country was ready to become a strategic partner of the Kingdom in achieving Saudi Arabia’s vision 2030.

Widodo also affirmed the deep-rooted bilateral relations between the two countries and the keenness of his country on enhancing and promoting them in all fields.

Earlier on Wednesday, King Salman concluded his official visit to Malaysia by announcing the establishment of the “Center for Global Peace” which should be launched within 90 days.

King Salman visited Malaysia at the invitation of Malaysian King Sultan Mohammed V.

The leaders of both countries discussed during their meetings in Kuala Lumpur political issues in the Middle East, particularly the Palestinian cause.

The two sides also affirmed the importance and need to find a solution to the Syrian crisis on the basis of the Geneva statement and Resolution 2254 and called for the need to provide humanitarian assistance and relief efforts for Syrian refugees inside and outside Syria.

Both men also affirmed the importance of maintaining the unity of Yemen.