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Middle East: France, Indonesia vow to push for peace

On Wednesday France and Indonesia, agreed to make every effort to pursue peace between Palestinians and Israel, Indonesian President said.

French President Francois conducted talks with President of Indonesia Joko in Jakarta, the first official visit to Indonesia by a French president in over 30 years.

“We discussed the issue of Palestinian independence and the fight against extremism and terrorism,” Joko said after the meeting at the presidential palace.

“We agreed to continue efforts to achieve peace between Palestine and Israel through the two-state solution concept.”

The Indonesian President  said it was important to promote tolerance and fight xenophobia to defeat extremism.

Both Indonesia and France have been hit by terror attacks attributed to Islamic militants in recent years.

Hollande’s visit was part of a South-east Asia trip that has included stops in Singapore and Malaysia.

Hollande was accompanied by Defence Minister Jean-Yves Drian and secretary of state for the digital industry and innovation Christophe Sirugue, as well as some 50 businessmen.

Joko said he and Hollande agreed to strengthen cooperation in the areas of defence and maritime affairs as well as in industries including fashion and film.

He welcomed investment agreements worth 2.6 billion dollars between French and Indonesian companies, including those in the energy and transport sectors.

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