Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Secretary Clinton's Trip to Indonesia Proof That Modernity and Islam Can Coexist

JAKARTA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held up Indonesia on Wednesday as proof that modernity and Islam can coexist as she visited the country where U.S. President Barack Obama spent four years as a boy.

Clinton's 24-hour stay in the world's most populous Muslim nation underlined Obama's desire to forge a better relationship with the Islamic world, where his predecessor George W. Bush's policies were deeply unpopular, notably the invasion of Iraq.

Clinton, on her first trip as secretary of state, said she wanted to deepen cooperation between the two countries on counterterrorism, climate change and security.

"As I travel around the world over the next years, I will be saying to people: if you want to know whether Islam, democracy, modernity and women's rights can co-exist, go to Indonesia," she said at a dinner with civil society activists. (Reuters)

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2 comments:

faisal - indonesia said...

Indonesia is where islam and democracy can go hand in hand, we have prove it to the world.

Vince said...

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