Pence praises moderate Islam in Indonesia

Pence praises moderate Islam in Indonesia

On Thursday, Pence toured the Grand Mosque in Jakarta, Southeast Asia's largest, and said Indonesia's moderate form of Islam should serve as an example to other nations.

Pence, an evangelical Christian, has sought to use his trip to soften some of the harsher edges of rhetoric about the Muslim world used by U.S. President Donald Trump, who has frequently railed against "radical Islamic terrorism".

As tensions threaten to boil over between the United States and North Korea, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence is en route to Australia in a visit expected to focus on regional security and trade.

Indonesia is the latest stop on an Asian tour by Pence that aims to reaffirm traditional US alliances at a time when Donald Trump's presidency has raised questions about the strength of the USA commitment to the region.

Pence arrives in Australia late on Friday for the last stop on his 10-day tour of USA allies in the Asia-Pacific region that has included a series of roundtables with leading business executives in South Korea, Japan, and Indonesia.

"His goal is basically to meet with our allies and close partners in the region as part of the new administration reaching out and getting the benefit of the views and insight of our partners about the region", Mr Caruso said.

Pence will also meet Australian business executives in Sydney on Saturday, following similar meetings in Seoul, Tokyo, and Jakarta that have been thick with executives from Fortune 100 companies.

DHS Disputes USA TODAY Report About Deportation Of 'Dreamer'
Lawyers for the man now in Mexico say their client was apprehended by Border Patrol and deported on February 18. He has indicated that undocumented immigrants protected under DACA, known as "DREAMers", would not be deported.

He later met with leaders from a range of Indonesia's many faith communities, including Christians, Buddhists and Hindus, reports Reuters.

"We will work with President Jokowi to reduce barriers to trade and investments and to create a truly level playing field where all our businesses have equal opportunity and market access", Pence said.

Pence also called for cooperation on fighting terrorism and maintaining freedom of navigation in the region.

USA firms have faced a tough business climate in Indonesia, with companies like Google and mining giant Freeport-McMoRan Inc. getting embroiled in disputes with authorities there.

After kicking off his stop in Indonesia by praising the country's moderate Islam as "an inspiration", he visited Istiqlal Mosque, which can accommodate 200,000 worshippers and whose vast, white dome towers over downtown Jakarta.

Widodo's approach to foreign policy has been led more by economic interests than geopolitical considerations: he has pursued increased trade and investment from China but keeps a diplomatic distance from Beijing and established a strategic partnership with Washington under former President Barack Obama.

Related Articles

  • How to watch Hawks, Wizards Game 2

    How to watch Hawks, Wizards Game 2

    Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg lauded his team's defensive effort, particularly how it outrebounded Boston 53-36. The third-seeded Rockets were up by 20 when Harden came off the bench with about seven minutes remaining.
    Neil Gorsuch confirmed to US Supreme Court, ending lengthy fight

    Neil Gorsuch confirmed to US Supreme Court, ending lengthy fight

    Even after Gorsuch's confirmation was assured, Senate leaders continued to squabble Friday about the way in which it happened. Trump nominated Gorsuch to fill the vacancy left on the Supreme Court by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia past year .
    Trump vows to solve dairy dispute with Canada

    Trump vows to solve dairy dispute with Canada

    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand volunteers at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York on Friday Dec. 2, 2016 in Colonie, N.Y. Walker said he also planned to talk privately with Trump about the issue during his stop in Wisconsin on Tuesday.
  • Thousands of migrants rescued from Mediterranean in three days

    More than 2,000 people were rescued on Friday and 3,000 on Saturday in dozens of separate rescues, the Italian Coast Guard said. The voice that is often missing from the discussion is often that of the migrants themselves.
    US reviews 'failed' Iran nuclear deal

    US reviews 'failed' Iran nuclear deal

    The Trump administration, however, has "no intention of passing the buck to a future administration". Administration officials have made clear in recent days that they are very focused on Iran.
    Killer of NFL's Will Smith gets 25 years for manslaughter

    Killer of NFL's Will Smith gets 25 years for manslaughter

    The man convicted of manslaughter in the death of Utica native and former NFL-er Will Smith will likely face sentencing on Friday. Hayes claimed self-defense, but no other witness or evidence supported his belief that Smith was firing at him.
  • What to watch for next in the Georgia special election

    What to watch for next in the Georgia special election

    Republicans have held the seat since 1979, and past occupants include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and current Georgia Sen. He attracted young voters who want to challenge Trump by getting support from Hollywood celebrities like Samuel L.
    Warriors take 2-0 series lead on Blazers, win without Durant

    Warriors take 2-0 series lead on Blazers, win without Durant

    The Warriors initially said that Durant was merely suffering from cramps during Game 1, and it turns out he did strain his calf. He, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson average 20-plus points per game for the league's No. 1 regular-season scoring offense.

    Bill O'Reilly's statement following his firing from Fox News

    When the Murdochs went the other way, O'Reilly prepared a statement with the help of his agents and crisis communications adviser. Last July, Fox News founding CEO Roger Ailes resigned from the network amid sexual harassment allegations and an ongoing lawsuit.
  • Stoke game a 'must-win' for Swansea in relegation fight

    Stoke game a 'must-win' for Swansea in relegation fight

    He's spent virtually his whole life playing there and congratulations to him for such an incredible career". But with Mamadou Sakho set to return to Liverpool at the end of his loan spell that situation could change.
    French media report 2 police have been shot in Paris

    French media report 2 police have been shot in Paris

    Earlier this week, two men were arrested in Marseille whom police said had been planning an attack ahead of the election. Spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said on BFM television that a man came out of a auto and opened fire on a police vehicle.
    Trump security adviser urges Russia to rethink Syria support

    Trump security adviser urges Russia to rethink Syria support

    President Donald Trump to launch an airstrike against one of Assad's air bases last week. Syria is at the top of the geopolitical agenda after a surprise decision by U.S.