Ghani begins 2-day journey to Indonesia


JAKARTA -- Visiting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Wednesday (April 5) held talks with his Indonesian counterpart on ways to promote a moderate version of Islam and other issues.

Ghani, the first Afghan president to visit the world's largest Muslim-populated nation, is scheduled to go on to Singapore after his two-day stay.

He praised Indonesia's "remarkable story" in defusing conflict and practising statesmanship, adding: "We would like to join you in interpreting Islamic civilisation as rahmatan lil alamin (a blessing for the whole world)."

Ghani's talks with President Joko Widodo also focused on co-operation in trade, education and agriculture and ways in which Indonesia could help to achieve peace in war-torn Afghanistan.

"Indonesia welcomes the efforts by the Afghan government to achieve peace, and Indonesia shared our experiences in peace and reconciliation," Widodo said.

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