European Council President Praises Indonesia’s Democracy and Religious Tolerance

President Joko Widodo meets with European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels, Thursday (21/04). (State Palace Press Photo/Laily)

By : Eko Prasetyo | on 10:41 AM April 22, 2016
Category : News, Featured, Foreign Affairs

Jakarta. President Joko Widodo met with European Council President Donald Tusk at the Europa building, seat of the European Council, in Brussels, an official statement said on Thursday (21/04).

In the meeting, Joko said Indonesia is a "living laboratory" where Islam, democracy and religious tolerance exist side by side.

Tusk in response praised the way Indonesia has been fostering democracy, human rights and religious tolerance, often under difficult circumstances, and said the council will continue its interfaith exchange program with Indonesia.

The European Council also said it will look at the proposal for a visa waiver program for Indonesian citizens, as soon as the security situation in Europe improves.

The Indonesian president had earlier met with European Parliament President Martin Schulz, and conducted a bilateral meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker.

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