Tokyo, 22/10 Sulutlink – Indonesian Vice President Ma’ruf Amin and Malaysian King Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah discussed efforts to tackle radicalism in both nations.
“I called on Malaysia together to develop a peaceful and tolerant Islam as ‘rahmatan lil alamin’ (graceful for the universe), so we can prevent the spread of radicalism in Islam,” Amin stated in Tokyo on Tuesday.
He pointed out that Indonesia, with the world’s largest Muslim population, along with Malaysia play a pivotal role in developing Islam “wasathiyah,” a middle path or moderate Islam that justly balances the way of life, avoids extremes, and believes in doing things in moderation.
Both countries are expected to maintain peace in Southeast Asia.
“Indonesia and Malaysia are both Muslim-majority countries. At the same time, the ASEAN is facing the emergence of radicalism and intolerance,” Amin pointed out.
Both leaders held the meeting at 10 a.m. local time at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, before attending the coronation ceremony of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito.
Amin was accompanied by Chief of the Vice Presidential Secretary Mohamad Oemar, Foreign Minister for 2014-2019 term Retno Marsudi, and Head of State Protocol Andri Hadi.
Malaysian King Sultan Abdullah is the fourth state leader to have paid a courtesy call on Amin after his inauguration.
He had earlier received a courtesy call from Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, Vietnam’s Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, and Myanmar’s Vice President Henry Van Thio. (ANT/RT)