On the second day of King Salman’s landmark state visit to the world’s most populous Muslim majority country, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, addressed the Indonesian Parliament in Jakarta. He urged the necessity of a united and coordinated effort against extremism and stressed that such an effort is integral to the quest for peace.
“Challenges facing the Islamic nation, particularly, and the world in general, including extremism and terrorism, clash of cultures, non-respect for sovereignty of countries, and interference in their internal affairs, necessitate that we stand united and coordinate stances and efforts to serve our common interests and international peace and security.” The king was quoted as saying by the SPA.
The king visited the Indonesian House of Representatives and delivered a speech in which he expressed his appreciation to the government and people of Indonesia for the warm welcome and generous hospitality.
King Salman said: “I would like to express my deep appreciation to the Government and people of the Republic of Indonesia for the warm welcome and generous hospitality. This visit to your sisterly country preceded by the previous visit of the President to the Kingdom, as well as mutual visits between officials, come to strengthen our cooperation in all fields to serve the interests and aspirations of our two countries,”
House Speaker Setya Novanto said the Saudi King’s historic visit has stressed strong ties between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. He praised the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and stressed the importance of cooperation to achieve security and peace.
Also on Thursday, In the presence of Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, King Salman visited Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta and met with leading Islamic figures in Indonesia.
Addressing the gathering, Widodo expressed his immense pride in the efforts by the king for serving Islam and Muslims. The king pointed out that Islam is facing a campaign attempting to undermine its values of moderation and tolerance.
The Religious Affairs Minister, Saifuddin, said King Salman is scheduled to meet a number of interfaith leaders in Jakarta on Friday, “The King will meet interfaith leaders after Friday prayers. The meeting will be held the State Palace or at Raffles Hotel,” the minister said.
On the sidelines of the visit, the Saudi-Indonesian Business Council held a meeting, on behalf of Majed Al-Qassabi, minister of commerce and investment, in which Dr.Ghassan bin Ahmad Al-Suleiman, governor of the general authority for small and medium enterprises, in which a number of memoranda of understanding and strategic partnership agreements in the fields of energy, health, housing and tourism were signed. The agreements, where are valued at SR13.5 billion, also included tourism and Haj and Umrah services.
In his speech, Faisal Bassarat, deputy governor of Investment Affairs at the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), said Saudi Arabia is looking to expand its investment outside the oil and gas sector as there are other business areas that can boost their economy, which is the essence of the Vision 2030.
“We cannot rely on one commodity to drive the economy, because there are true potentials in the other sectors too,” he said.
Chairman of Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) Rosan Perkasa Roeslani said he believed that there are huge opportunities for Saudi Arabia to engage in Indonesia’s development efforts.
“The Indonesian government is now actively accelerating the implementation of its physical infrastructure programs like toll roads, railways, sea ports, airports, and bridges.” He said.