Jokowi Attends Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh

Jokowi Attends Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh


Jakarta — President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) attended the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Sunday (21/05), along with the leaders of more than 50 Muslim nations to discuss international cooperation against global terrorism and extremism. “The Arab Islamic American Summit is very important for Indonesia, there we will discuss international cooperation to combat radicalism and terrorism,” the president said, as quoted in a statement issued by the Cabinet Secretariat. Jokowi accepted an invitation to attend the summit from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. “We will use this conference to express the importance of using a soft-power approach in combating both radicalism and terrorism,” Jokowi said. He added that international cooperation is necessary to address the root cause of these issues. The president was also scheduled to meet with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Syeikh Hasina on the sidelines of the summit. United States President Donald Trump also attended the summit, which took place on Saturday and Sunday, in his first international trip since taking office. According to a statement released the organizers, this year’s summit aims to “align cooperation between the Muslim world and the United States” and renew their collective commitment to confronting the threat of violent extremism and global terrorism.” “Leaders of Arab and Islamic nations and the United States recognize the importance of a strong and enduring partnerships to control the threat of violent extremism,” Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir was quoted as saying in a statement. He added that all participants share the same objectives in their fight against terrorism, and that they are trying to inoculate their people against extremism.

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