Jan 5, 2016, 7:04 PM
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Indonesian President to talk with Iranian, Saudi leaders

Kuala Lumpur, Jan 5, IRNA – Indonesian Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin said on Tuesday that Indonesian President Joko Widodo will hold talks with Iranian and Saudi leaders soon to ease tension.

Saifuddin made the remarks after a meeting with the Indonesian Ulema Council.
Emphasizing Indonesian impartiality, Saifuddin said Indonesia plays an important role in the Non-Aligned Movement. 'Peace should spread the world.'
Meanwhile, Chief of the Indonesian Ulema Council Ma'ruf Amin requested the government to exercise good office between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
As the country with the largest Muslim population, Indonesia is considered to have a strategic position to mediate between both countries.
'The President is currently making diplomatic efforts,' Maruf said on Tuesday.
Ma'ruf asserted that the conflict is somewhat complicated because it is also related to economic issues and oil.
President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo, according to Ma'ruf, displayed serious resolve to help Saudi Arabia and Iran to de-escalate.